Power distribution company Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has lost Rs 52.68 lakh as it billed less amount to a Gurgaon-based commercial consumer by applying a wrong tariff plan, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has said.
As per the CAG report tabled in the Haryana assembly on Monday, the Unitech Business Park Ltd in 2003 applied for an electricity connection with 2,700 KW load for its Unitech Trade Centre in Sector-43, Gurgaon. The connection was sanctioned in 2006.
“Since the premises of the consumer was being used for commercial purposes, the consumer should have been classified under non-domestic supply (NDS) category. However, the DHBVN sanctioned the load under bulk supply (BS) category. The release of connection in wrong tariff category caused the loss of Rs 52.68 lakh from January 2007 to March 2012,” the report said.
During a conference in September 2012, the additional chief secretary, Power, had said that the connection was given under bulk NDS category and not under BS category. The CAG said that the reply was not tenable as the NDS-BS category includes military engineering services, other military establishments, railways (other than traction), CPWD, hospitals, schools, colleges, educational and other institutions which are of governmental and service nature.
“It does not include premises to be used for commercial purposes. Since the premises of Unitech Business Park were being used for commercial purposes, the connection should have been released under NDS category which is applicable to all non-residential premises,” the audit report said.