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BPOs still drawing cheap power

india Updated: Jun 09, 2011 01:33 IST
Eshani Mathur

Most of the business process outsourcing (BPO) firms in the city will face the wrath of the electricity department as only 40 out of more than 300 of them have changed their power connection into commercial category of consumers.

The power distribution company Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) had asked all BPOs to shift from industrial category of consumers to commercial by May 31.

The rate on per unit power consumption for industrial consumers is lower than that of commercial ones and that’s why companies are reluctant to shift to new tariffs. Industrial consumers are charged Rs 4.15 for per unit consumption while the tariff for commercial consumers is R4.60 per unit.

“We are not sure at the moment what action to be taken against erring BPOs. It will be decided only after our team does the routine check,” said Manoj Yadav, executive engineer, Key Consumer Group of DHBVN.

The officials are yet to get the record of total number of BPOs in Gurgaon. “It is very difficult for us to count the exact number of BPOs in the city as there are many small units as well. This is only being done when our team goes for the routine check and any action will be taken on the basis of their report,” Yadav said.

He said the action will be taken either under Section 126 or 135 of the Electricity Act. The BPOs will be charged either for theft or unauthorised consumption of electricity.