THE MAHARASHTRA State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has refused to pay compensation to the societies in Baner and Balewadi areas, which had suffered major power failures that lasted from 16 to 65 hours in the first week of July this year. As per the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) Standard of Procedures (SOP)-2014, the residents of some of the societies had applied for compensation.
DS Lahamage Executive Engineer of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited at Shivajinagar, however, in a letter sent to the Chairman of Eves Garden Co-operative Housing Society at Baner has said that no compensation can be given because it happened due to natural calamities, which was beyond the control of the power utility.
Heavy and continuous rainfall for 2-3 days from July 2 to 5 this year led to water logging and heavy moisture in HT breaker, feeder pillar further resulting in power failure. Outsourcing agencies with their staff and equipment were working continuously as the supply was interrupted due to heavy rain, the letter said.
The Internal Grievance Redressal Forum (IGRF) at Ganeshkhind urban circle, however, directed the MSEDCL engineers at Shivajinagar to avoid a repeat of such incidents and carry out proper maintenance work. There is a need to take necessary action regarding the breaker maintenance of out of service transformer, the IGRF authorities had said. Three out of 32 societies in the area who were affected including Eves Garden, Elite Empire and Gateway Society have decided to challenge the order of the IGRF that dismissed the societies claim for compensation stating that heavy rains was a natural calamity.