Electricity dept fails to pay interest on security deposit

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 12, 2014 01:04 IST

If you have been waiting for relief on your electricity bills, you will have to wait for some more time.

The Chandigarh electricity department has failed to comply with the direction of the commission pertaining to payment of interest to consumers on advance consumption demand (ACD) charges, in spite of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) directing it to do so in November, 2013.

The department has been charging ACD, a refundable security charge, from customers, by asking them to pay an amount equal to their consumption, calculated after taking out the monthly average of their consumption for a year.

The commission had asked the department to pay interest at bank rate on the amount of ACD charges from the date of commencement of Electricity Act, 2003, or the date of payment of ACD charges by the consumers, whichever is later, within six months.

UT electricity department superintending engineer MP Singh said that the department needed more time and had sought extension from the commission for implementing the directions.

The department has also failed to install pre-paid meters as directed by JERC following a petition filed by Industrial Area Tenants Association before the commission.

The department was asked to procure prepaid meters within six months from date of order issued on November 20, 2013.

The department was also directed to approve list of manufacturers of prepaid meter and frame a software and policy for prepaid meters.

The department was further directed to accept ACD charges from consumers in form of bank guarantee as per JERC Regulations so that they do not face problem of cash crunch in depositing ACD charges.

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