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P/026/2019 - Sri. Imran,, Kasaragod
The appellant is a HT service consumer bearing LCN 17/3941 in the name of M/s. Arch Ply N Boards at Kunjathur under Electrical Section, Manjeshwar. The Assistant Engineer, Electrical Section, Manjeshwar had detected that the display of the meter was not visible and could not be able to take meter reading. The Deputy Chief Engineer, Electrical Circle, Kasaragod has directed the appellant to replace the ToD meter with a new 3 phase 4 wire (Class 0.2 S, CTs with CT units of accuracy class 0.2 S and PTs with PT units of accuracy class 0.2) having CT ratio 10/5A and get it tested from TMR Division, Kannur for replacing the same urgently failing which penalty will be imposed as per rules, vide letter dated 26-03-2018. The respondent has imposed penalty for an amount of Rs. 4,75,805/- as 50% extra over the prevailing rate applicable both demand and energy for two months during which the appellant 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, Kozhikode as O.P. No. 138/2018-19. The CGRF, Kozhikode, dismissed the petition vide order dated 28-02-2019. From the analysis done above and the conclusions arrived at, the appellant’s plea to waive the 50% extra imposed is rejected and it is ordered that the billing to be done for the entire period of defective metering system from 1-1-2018 to 21-8-2018 based on the average of three months consumption prior to 30-11-2017 in case of energy charge and based on the maximum demand during corresponding month of the previous year, when the meter was functional and recording correctly. Hence average energy charge for the defective period can be calculated taking the energy consumption for 9/2017, 10/2017 and 11/2017. The 50% of the monthly energy charge and demand charge calculated as above shall be realised as excess for 4/2018, 5/2018 and 6/2018 for the non-replacement of the defective metering system within the prescribed period. The respondent is directed to revise the bills as ordered above and this shall be done at any rate within 30 days from the date of receipt of this order. The appeal is found devoid of any merits and hence dismissed. Having concluded and decided as above, it is ordered accordingly. No order on costs.

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