Don?t raise power tariff for now
JANHIT MANCH, an organisation taking up public issues, has requested the UP Electricity Regulatory Commission not to allow any power tariff hike till the UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) ensured 100 per cent metering in the State, including in villages and on powermen’s premises.
The Manch argued that much of the UPPCL’s Aggregate Technical and Commercial (ATC) losses were due to unmetered electricity being supplied to a large section of consumers. It objected to additional power being supplied to villages without any returns.
In a letter to the UPERC chairman, Manch president SP Khanna pointed out that as per Section 65 of the Electricity Act, 2003, the subsidy granted to villagers by the State Government was to be paid in advance to compensate the supplier.
As if power theft and unmetered consumption of electricity were not enough, they were indulging in the misadventure of supplying electricity to villages at subsidised rate without being compensated, he added. All this had been done apparently to please the political bosses.
Khanna said nothing had been done so far to achieve 100 per cent metering.
Although committed to achieving 100 per cent metering by December 2001 and then by March 2004, UPPCL officials resisted metering of their own consumption in 2005 even for energy audit. The matter was then referred by the UP Government to the UPERC. After that nothing was heard in the matter, he regretted.