Mangaluru: The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission held a public hearing on tariff revision at the DC office here, on February 29.
Managing Director, Chickananjappa presented the annual report. He said that many new schemes have been proposed. As per the directions of REC, 25 no’s of revised DPRs for electrification of 849 numbers of rural households at a cost of Rs 23.11 Crore have been submitted to Rural Electrification Corporation (REC). REC has sanctioned 2 Decentralized Distributed Generation projects covering 3 villages without electricity for electrification of 123 households in Shimoga district considering stand alone solar system. This time consumer friendly initiative of MESCOM has been taken. The electricity bills can be payed through post office, Anytime Payment, Mangalore-One and Shimoga-One, Electronic Clearing Service Facility and online bill payments.
“In order to cater to the consumer requirements, MESCOM has to purchase energy from the generators, maintain its distribution system to its optimum level and also has to have a reliable consumer oriented approach,” he added.
With this KERC President, Shankar Lingegowda asked the public to express their problems and focus on tariff issues.
Industrialist, Indus Towers, Sakhwinder said” We are commercial consumers of power. We are requesting the committee to include the telecom towers since it will help to reduce energy. If you see the states like west Bengal have already included it. We can easily fix into this new time limit which comes under the new tariff revision. Therefore we would like you to have a hike on new tariff. I urge the committee to take a note on these two points and take appropriate steps.”
Former President, Kanara Chambers of commerce and industry, Srinivas Kamath said,”We request the commission to downgrade the cost of expenditure since last year we have spent an additional amount of Rs 200 crore. With this we can provide best service to the consumer.”
Explaining about the technical points, Nazeer, From Kanara Chambers Of Commerce and Industry said, “As you said there is increase in Interest and fixed charges. I would say that increase in fixed charges is not going to be effective for the committee. Therefore I am asking not to increase the fixed charges. Further we want to say that we want the time of Day metering. We would even like to propose for the construction of a full fledged service station at Baikampady.”
Ramakrishna Bhat, Krishi Kendra, said,” According to me there must not be any hike in tariff . The underprivileged people will find difficulty while paying bills. Energy audit is very necessary as this will be helpful in the savage of electricity.”
Managing Director, Chickananjappa said, “People have demanded for the LT-5 commercial workshop, depending upon the ability the workshop will be conducted. Talking about the full fledged 24 hours service station at Baikampady, we feel that it is necessary for the up-gradation of the city as it is an important part of development.”
Maniveluraj, Arun Kumar and other members of KERC were also present.