The UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has asked the Dakshinanchal (Agra) discom to send a report on the difficulties being faced by consumers in Agra where a private company — Torrent Power — has been distributing electricity for last two years.
The commission has directed the Agra discom’s managing director to make the report available within a week.
"The commission is receiving newspaper reports highlighting the difficulties being faced by consumers in Agra. I request you to inquire into various issues raised in UP Rajya Vidyut Upbhokta Parishad (UPRVUP) president Avadhesh Kumar Verma’s petition as well as the newspapers," UPERC secretary Arun Kumar Srivastava said in his letter to the discom on Monday.
Verma, in his petition, had complained that Torrent Power was harassing consumers in the name of checking ever since it took over the city's power distribution systems. He sought an inquiry into the matter and action against the company.
He claimed that Torrent Power was operating against the provisions of the Electricity Act and also fleecing the UPPCL/Agra discom through a faulty agreement, as already pointed out by the accountant general (AG) in its recent draft report.
The AG, in its draft report last week disclosed that the company was appointed as the distribution franchisee in Agra with utter disregard to the tendering procedure. This caused a loss of Rs. 500 crore in the first two years and would cost a further loss of Rs. 5000 crore in the next 18 years.
It further observed that the UPPCL/Agra discom had also failed to achieve the objective for which the franchisee was given, since the company had let down consumers.
Corporators, students protest against Torrent
Demanding uninterrupted power supply, corporators along with students took to the streets and staged a demonstration against Torrent Power Private Limited at its office on MG Road on Monday.
They also created a ruckus on the office premises. Corporators led by Kundnika Sharma gathered at the Agra Nagar Nigam (ANN) office and reached the Torrent office, where they staged the demonstration and raised slogans against the officials concerned. No official of Torrent Power, however, paid heed to the protestors' demands.