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india Updated: Apr 28, 2011 00:18 IST
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From next month, the electricity department will impose penalty on those outsourcing firms which have not converted their power connections from industrial category to non-domestic category.

Power distribution company Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has set the deadline of April 30 for all BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) companies to voluntarily convert their connections and pay the consumption charge as per the rate fixed for non-domestic users.

According to the DHBVN officials the department has been losing revenue as the rate for per unit power consumption in the industrial category is lesser than that of commercial categories.

Gurgaon has about 250 small, medium and big BPOs which were earlier classified as industrial consumers.

The rate for per unit electricity consumption in industrial category is Rs 4.28 while commercial consumers are charged at the rate of Rs 4.68 for each unit.

Some BPOs (also known as information technology-enabled services (ITES) units) are still have electricity connections under industrial category, a spokesman of the DHBVN said here on Wednesday.

The spokesman said, according to the Industrial and Investment Policy 2011 of the Haryana government, non-domestic tariff is applicable in case of ITES units notified by the government.

Accordingly, such consumers are liable for penalty.

However, the department had given an opportunity to the consumers to get their category of connection changed up to April 30 by giving request for change of category in their respective DHBVN offices.

According to the procedure, the consumer will have to submit a new application and agreement form duly executed along with consumption security, processing fee at current rates and revised test report.

As the consumer is required to be legal occupant of the premises, proof of ownership/tenancy/lease deed will also be checked.

There should be no outstanding amount against the consumer.

The DHBVN said the applicants are also required to give an undertaking on non-judicial stamp paper that he would be responsible to pay any dues assessed at subsequent stage and are legitimately charged.

The concerned sub-divisional officers and the executive engineers are competent to effect the change of category.

The category will be changed within seven days of submitting the application with all the relevant documents.