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P/089/2018 Smt. Shanima Ishak, Kollam
The appellant is the Managing partner of the M.G. Roller Flour Mill, an SSI Unit conducting flour making unit. The appellant is an HT consumer under Electrical Section, Thevalakara bearing customer No. LCN 16/7603 under HT 1(A) Industrial tariff with registered contract demand of 175 kVA. The inspecting authorities of TMR Thirumala conducted a field inspection in the Appellant's premises on 02.08.2017 and found that the PT Secondary RY and BY Voltages are low and hence the PT unit was suspected to be faulty. The Deputy Chief Engineer Electrical Circle Kollam has directed the Appellant to enhance the contract demand and to replace the PT unit with new PT of accuracy class 0.2 and to change CT with ratio 10/5 A to 15/5 A with accuracy Class 0.2S. The respondent has imposed penalty as 50% extra over the prevailing rate applicable both demand and energy for two months during which the complainant failed to replace the faulty metering component, and one month thereafter. The appellant has challenged the bill and filed an appeal before Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum Vydhyuthi Bhavanam, Kottarakkara as O.P. No. 94/2018. The CGRF, Kottarakkara, dismissed the petition vide order No.94/2018 dated 05-11-2018. Aggrieved by the order of the CGRF, the appellant has submitted this appeal petition before this Forum. From the analysis done above and the conclusions arrived at, I take the following decision. As the appellant produced the newly procured CT and PT units before the KSEBL within the prescribed time limit, there is no need to impose 50% extra as penalty. As such the 50% extra imposed for three months over the prevailing rate applicable both demand and energy charge is quashed. The respondent has also failed to take proper action as specified in the Kerala Electricity Supply Code, 2014, Regulations 174 and 175, by which it was required to issue notice detailing the time limit etc for replacement and a proper service of the notice. Having concluded and decided as above, it is ordered accordingly. The Appeal Petition filed by the appellant is found having some merits and is allowed. The order of CGRF, Kottarakkara in Petition No. OP/94/2018 dated 05-11-2018 is set aside. No order on Costs.


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