JERC tariff order: Several electricity dept projects stuck

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Written by Vinod Kumar | Chandigarh | Published:May 1, 2016 9:30 am
India will unveil a goal of renewable energy growth in the range of 15-20 per cent (some guessing even as high as 33 per cent) of its electricity needs coming from zero-emission sources by 2030. The delay in the completion of several capital works have been pointed out in the tariff order for the 2016-15 fiscal announced by Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) on Friday.

Many projects undertaken by Chandigarh electricity department to upgrade its existing infrastructure and ensure uninterrupted power supply are yet to see the light of the day even though several years have passed since they were initiated.

The delay in the completion of several capital works have been pointed out in the tariff order for the 2016-15 fiscal announced by Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) on Friday.

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Taking serious note of the delay, the commission will regularly monitor the progress of the approved capital expenditure and any variation in actual progress viz-a-viz the approved progress will be dealt with under the applicable provisions of the Multi Year Tariff (MYT) Regulations 2014.

The delay was highlighted by Chandigarh Government Electrical Contractors Association (CGECA) Gurinder Sandhu during public hearing session held in March by the commission in Chandigarh.

As per the submission made before the commission, the department made payments to the contractors for 66 KV sub-station in Sector 34, which is yet to be energized even after 9 years. Similarly, the work of a sub-station allocated to 2007

Power Grid Corporation of India has not yet been completed. Payment for the project has been made. The work of 66 KV substation at village Sarangpur, which was started in financial year 2007-08 is yet to see light of the day, despite payment for the project released. The 66 KV substation planned at Raipur Khurd and Sarangpur is yet to start.

The electricity department in its response stated that the work for 66 kV Sub-station at Sector-34 has already been approved by the commission in the business plan for MYT Control Period financial year 2016-19. It further said that the up-gradation of sub-stations and transformers is a continuous process. The department also claimed that the petition of 66 kV Project of Sarangpur and Raipur Kalan has been filed before the JERC for approval of work, the cost being more than Rs 10 crores, as per MYT Regulations 2014.

The department caters to 2.12 lakh consumers, of whom 1.75 lakh are in the domestic category.

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‘Maintain proper data’

The commission has directed the department to maintain proper data of sales, revenue and revenue expenses and also the category wise / slab wise number of consumers, connected load / demand for proper analysis of the past data based on actual and estimate of proper projections for consideration in the aggregate revenue requirement (ARR) and tariff petition. The department has also been directed to take steps to build credible and accurate database to meet the requirements for filing ARR and tariff petition as per regulatory requirement of the commission.

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