With a view to avoid prolonged litigation and settle long pending court cases, Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has offered 'Out of Court Settlement Scheme' to all its consumers.
The cases can be settled in the Lok Adalats being held regularly at all district headquarters, an official spokesperson said here on Tuesday.
All disputes where penalties have been levied can be settled under the scheme, provided the defaulter pays reduced amount of 50 % of the fine, along with simple interest at the rate of 12 % per annum on the unpaid balance amount, he said.
The scheme would remain in operation till January 31, 2013, and would be available for settlement of all cases of consumers pending in courts, District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, State Commission and Arbitration as on June 30, 2012, the spokesperson said.
The scheme will be applicable in cases where unauthorized load was detected resulting from change of category from low tension (LT) industrial to high tension (HT) industrial and LT surcharge at the prescribed rate of 25 % of sale of power (SOP) has been charged.
It will also be applicable in cases where amount has been charged on average basis or charged due to checking by Metering and Protection Wing on account of slowness of meter but where actual date of slowness could not be ascertained.