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P/008/2019 - Smt. Laila Sasikumar, Ernakulam
The appellant is a HT 1 A industrial consumer having consumer number LCN 12/4472 under Electrical Section, Thiruvaniyoor. The appellant was received monthly bill dated 04-06-2018 amounting to Rs. 3,22,745/- which also includes an ‘undisputed arrear amount’ of Rs.1,49,592/-. The appellant had submitted an objection against the bill and requested to provide the details of arrear amount. The Special Officer (Revenue), in his letter dated 04-07-2018, has given clarification to the objection as follows. The appellant’s monthly bill dated 04-08-2014 for the month of 07/2014 was for Rs.271269/-. The last date for payment was 13-08-2014 and the appellant defaulted payment. So a disconnection notice dated 14-08-2014 issued to the appellant to the appellant demanding Rs.118079/- instead of Rs. 3,62,179/- (monthly bill amount Rs. 2,71,269/- + ACD Rs. 90,910/-). The appellant remitted Rs. 118079/- on 25-08-2014. An amount of Rs. 3600/- had been kept as advance in the account of the appellant during the month of 02/2014. Hence a short remittance of Rs. 149590/- (Rs. 2,71,269/- minus Rs. 1,18,079 + Rs. 3,600/-) noticed while reconciling the accounts of the consumer. Aggrieved by the monthly bills dated 04-06-2018 and 03-07-2018, the appellant approached the CGRF with a complaint dated 26-07-2018 requesting to cancel the demand of arrear amount of Rs.,1,96,346.67 (Rs. 1,49,592/-with interest at 18% from 13-08-2014 to 09-07-2018). The CGRF, Ernakulam has dismissed the Petition on finding that the licensee is entitled to recover the undercharged amount, vide its order No. OP 41/2018-19 dated 17-01-2019. Aggrieved by the decision of CGRF, the appellant has submitted the Appeal petition before this Authority. In view of the above factual position I don’t find any reason to interfere with the findings and decision taken by the CGRF, Ernakulam in this case and hence the order of CGRF OP No. 41/2018-19 dated 17-01-2019 is upheld. The appellant is directed to remit the arrear amount of Rs.1,49,592/- within a period of 30 days from the date of this order and the respondent shall collect surcharge after the 30 days for default of payment, if any. As the demand of the arrear was raised on 04-06-2018, there is no question of collecting surcharge from 13-08-2014 from the appellant. Having concluded and decided as above, it is ordered accordingly. No order on costs.


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