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P/039/2019 The Administrator, Stella Maris Hospital, Ernakulam
A service connection with consumer No. 1155818000098 was effected in favour of Sr. Anitha CSN, Administrator of the Stella Maris Hospital, Karukutty under Electrical Section Karukutty under LT VI D tariff with connected load of 74 kW. The Anti Power Theft Squad (APTS) Wing of KSEB Ltd conducted an inspection in the appellant’s premises on 20-12-2018 and detected that the tariff assigned to the appellant was LT VI A tariff from 01-07-2014. As per tariff revision with effect from 18-4-2017, all private hospitals are assigned with the tariff VI G and the hospital was assigned with tariff VI G on 1-6-2017. According to the respondent, the appellant had been enjoying the concessional tariff LT VI D and from 01-07-2014 VI A, which is eligible only to those consumers having registration under the Travancore Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act, 1955, the donation to which are exempted from income tax. Since the appellant was wrongly classified under LT VI D tariff and billed accordingly, a short assessment bill amounting to Rs. 5,72,140/- was served on 21-12-2018 towards the undercharged amount due to wrong fixation of tariff for the period from 07/2017 to12/2018. Aggrieved against this, the appellant approached with a petition before CGRF (Central), Ernakulam, which was disposed of by the Forum vide order in OP No. 96/2018-19 dated 06-05-2019 by dismissing the petition and allowing 12 installments to remit the bill amount. Against the above order, the appellant has filed this appeal petition before this Authority with a request to quash the short assessment bill. Considering the above facts and legal provisions pertaining to the issue, this Authority is of the considered view that the appellant’s premises are not eligible for LT VI A / VI D tariff as per tariff order dated 21-04-2017 issued by the KSERC. So, the appeal petition stands dismissed as it is found having no merits. The appellant is allowed 18 monthly installments for remitting the short assessed amount since the respondent failed to reclassify the tariff category in time. No surcharge shall be collected from the appellant. The order of CGRF in No. 96/2018-19 dated 06-05-2019 is modified to the extent as ordered above. No order as to costs.


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