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ERC steps in, to probe Agra harassment

india Updated: Dec 02, 2006 01:52 IST
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THE STATE Advisory Committee of the UP Electricity Regulatory Commission at its meeting today constituted a sub-committee that will visit Dakshinanchal (Agra) distribution company to probe alleged harassment of power consumers there.

The Advisory Committee also decided to send a representation to the Chief Minister, urging him to intervene and ensure that discoms were given autonomy and allowed to function independently in keeping with the real spirit of power sector reforms and the Electricity Act, 2003.

The State Advisory Committee, at its meeting headed by chairman Vijoy Kumar, set up a three-member sub committee. Electricity Lok Pal RD Pal will head the panel. Two other members on the panel are UP Rajya Vidyut Upbhokta Parishad chairman and State Advisory Committee, member Avadhesh Kumar Verma and UPERC director AK Saxena.

The sub-committee will probe into the charges of the Agra discom not implementing alleged violation of Electricity Supply Code-2005 by the officials there, thereby depriving the consumers of many benefits.

It was alleged that Agra discom was enforcing its own laws to increase its revenue illegally. The sub-committee will submit its report to the State Advisory Committee/UPERC for necessary action.

The participants in the meeting expressed displeasure with the UPPCL for not allowing distribution companies to stand on their legs even after more than three years of their existence.

They demanded the companies be allowed to function independent of the UPPCL for larger interest of the consumers.

It was decided that the UPERC would write a letter to Chief Minister to free from the UPPCL’s clutches those discoms which did not have their own board of directors.

Dean of Research and Development, IIT-Kanpur, SC Srivastava suggested ways to promote competitiveness among distribution companies. The committee asked him to give a detailed draft on how to promote competitiveness, to the Committee.

Non-Conventional Energy Development Authority (NEDA) director Sanjay Bhoose Reddy made a strong case for taking steps for energy conservation and stressed that use of non-conventional sources of energy could go a long way in conservation of electricity.