ERC frowns at UPPCL
THE UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has taken exception to the UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) introducing power cuts in Lucknow and Noida without taking it into confidence.india Updated: Feb 22, 2006 01:24 IST
THE UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has taken exception to the UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) introducing power cuts in Lucknow and Noida without taking it into confidence.
“We are going to issue notices to the UPPCL, seeking explanation as to why the Commission was not informed before starting power cuts in Lucknow and Noida or in other cities,” said UPERC chairman Vijoy Kumar.
He said the UPPCL could make power cuts, but there was a procedure which it must have followed as a licensee.
Interestingly, while the UPPCL was resorting to power rostering in the State at its whims and fancy, under law it was not the UPPCL, but the UPERC which was empowered to regulate power supply.
Surprisingly, the regulator has been only a mute spectator to consumers’ woes instead of exercising its powers.
The Electricity Act 2003 puts the responsibility of regulating supply as per the situation on the regulator, which means the regulatory commission. “ If the appropriate Commission is of the opinion that it is necessary or expedient to do so for maintaining efficient supply, securing equitable distribution of electricity and promoting competition, it may, by order, provide for regulating supply, distribution consumption or use thereof,” clearly says the Section 23 of the Electricity Act. But the UPPCL has been making power cuts on political or other considerations without any logic.
Meanwhile, the UP Rajya Vidyut Upbhokta Parishad demanded the UPERC to ensure an equitable distribution of electricity to the consumers without any discrimination.
In a letter to UPECR chairman, parishad president pointed out that commission had fixed the same tariff for consumers of one category, how the UPPCL could differentiate between consumers of the same category while supplying power.
He demanded the commission to tell under what rules the UPPCL was picking and choosing cities for power cuts.
In a separate development, the UPPCL has proposed setting up a high-level committee to suggest as to why power tariff be increased and also suggest measure of fill up the Rs 2500 crore revenue –expenditure gap. The Corporation has written a letter to Energy Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav in this regard.