March 12, 2013 2:42:16 am
The BJP and resident associations on Monday registered their opposition to the proposed power tariff hike on the last day to file objections in this regard. The public hearing by the representatives of Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission will now be held on March 15.
A BJP delegation met Superintending Engineer (electricity) M P Singh and submitted its objections.
The delegation brought to the notice of the SE that this would be the third consecutive hike in power tariff within the past three years. Last year the tariff for domestic consumers was increased by 30 per cent. This year again the tariff is proposed to be hiked by 45 per cent. Besides this non residential and industrial units,the main sources of income for the Chandigarh Administration,are not being spared.
The delegation added that the Administration has failed to detect the theft of electricity from the city which is a direct burden on residents. Technology upgradation and automation of energy distribution has not been done. The delegation demanded that there should not be any hike in the tariff.
The Citizens,Association Sector 21 in a meeting held on Sunday opposed the proposal and submitted its objections on Monday. Sandeep Bhalla organising secretary of the association said that the Administration is behaving like a business house whose sole objective is to make more money. In their representation,the association has stated that the the electricity department should work towards bringing down its transmission losses,which at present is around 17 per cent.
The Chandigarh Beopar Mandal has also objected to the proposed hike. The members of CBM have suggested that the hike in tariff should not be every year. Instead it could be reviewed every three years. They further suggested that use of solar energy should be made in government buildings that are the highest consumers of electricity.
RTI Activist Sat Pal Kansal said that the UT Administration should control the transmission and distribution losses. He further added that the Administration increases the tariff with retrospective effect,which cannot be done. The hike can come into affect from the time the notification is issued.
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