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P-012-2022-Sri. K.S. Sunilan, Thrissur-Order 25-04-2022

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The appellant received the regular bimonthly electricity bill on 17-12-2020 for an amount of Rs.1,00,421/-, which is exorbitant as per appellant. The appellant approached the CGRF, Central Region and the Forum disposed of the petition with the following decisions: (1) Impugned bill may be revised by taking into account of the average cumulative electricity billed. (2) The higher officers of the Licensee may initiate necessary action against the erring employees for ignoring to take the meter reading and violating Regulation III. Aggrieved by the decision of the Forum, the appellant filed the appeal petition. It is decided to quash the electricity bill for the bi-month amounting to Rs.1,00,421/-. Also, the respondent shall not issue another bill for the remaining consumption to the appellant. The respondent is directed to revise the bimonthly bill for tariff minimum amount as usual within 7 days from the date of receipt of the order. The Appeal Petition filed by the appellant is disposed of as such. The order of CGRF, Central Region in OP No. P087/2020-21 dated 17-04-2021 is set aside.
P-009-2022- Secretary, Palakkad-Order 25-04-2022

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The premises of the appellant is functioning as a Co-operative Milk Society and the tariff allotted is LT VIIA. As per the Gazette Notification dated 28-06-2017, LT VB Agriculture tariff is applicable to facilities for processing of milk including pasteurization and its storage and packaging or for retail sales outlet, if the connected load of such facilities or sales does not exceed 10% of the total connected load. But the appellant argued that the society is eligible for LT VB tariff like similar societies in the State. The appellant filed petition before CGRF, Northern Region, Kozhikode for reassigning LT VB tariff. The Forum registered the petition and issued order as follows: “The tariff category grouping for each type of consumer is finalized by the Hon’ble KSERC. When a consumer/consumer group wants to change their tariff category type, they have to approach the Hon’ble KSERC.” Aggrieved by the decision of the Forum, the appellant filed the appeal petition before this Authority. The respondent is directed to retain the tariff of the appellant under LT V (B) tariff category. The respondent is also directed to refund or adjust in future bills the excess amount collected from the appellant under LT VII (A) tariff category from 23-03-2021, a date of application for tariff change of the appellant to the Assistant Engineer. The appeal petition filed by the appellant is allowed to this extent as ordered and stands disposed of as such. The orders of CGRF, Kozhikode in OP No.18/2021-22 dated 18-01-2022 is set aside.
P-008-2022- Secretary, Royal Gardens, Ernakulamn-Order 21-04-2022

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The APTS of the Licensee conducted an inspection in the premises on 09-07-2021 and detected that, even though the Current Transformer (CTs) used in the metering system was 200/5 ratio, Multiplication Factor used for arriving at the actual consumption is only ‘20’ instead of ‘40’. The inspecting officers of the Licensee prepared a site mahazar to that effect and issued a short assessment bill for Rs.23,79,177/- dated 29-07-2021 for the period from 14-04-2007 to 09-07-2021. The appellant filed a complaint before the Licensee, but rejected and hence, filed a petition before CGRF, Central Region and the Forum in its order dismissed the petition. Aggrieved by the decision of the Forum, the appellant filed appeal petition before this Authority. It is decided to quash the short assessment bill for Rs.23,79,177/- dated 29-07-2021 issued to the appellant. The respondent is directed to revise the bill period for twenty-four months prior to the date of inspection and issue within 15 days from the date of order. The respondent shall grant 12 numbers instalments without interest to the revised bill amount so prepared. The appeal petition filed by the appellant is disposed of as such. The order of CGRF, Central Region in OP No. 26/2021-22 dated 23-12-2021 is set aside.

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