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P/003/2020 - Fr. Jijo Jacob, Ernakulam
The appellant is a consumer under Electrical Section, Valayanchirangara bearing consumer number 12939 under LT VI D tariff with a connected load of 9460 watts. The APTS had conducted an inspection in the premises of the appellant on 24-07-2019 and detected that the tariff assigned to the consumer is wrong and the tariff of the appellant reassigned to LT VI B from 08/2017. Since the appellant was wrongly classified under LT VI D tariff and billed accordingly, a short assessment bill amounting to Rs. 1,25,448/- was served on 26-07-2019 towards the undercharged amount due to wrong fixation of tariff for the period 8/17 to 6/19. 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. 65/2019-20 dated 31-12-2019 by dismissing the petition and allowed instalment facility. Against the above order, on 20-01-2020, the appellant has filed this appeal petition before this Authority with a request to quash the short assessment bill and retain the tariff assigned before the inspection. Considering the above facts and legal provisions pertaining to the issue, the assessment bill under LT VI B category to the appellant for Rs.125448/- is quashed. Old age homes which charged the inmates for boarding and lodging was not categorized prior to 8-7-2019 in the tariff orders issued. The respondent shall take the matter with proper authorities for fixing appropriate tariff for the period in question i.e. 8/17 to 6/2019 and issue additional bill, if any, required. So, the appeal petition stands allowed as it is found having merits. The order of CGRF in No. 65/2019-20 dated 31-12-2019 is set aside. No order as to costs.

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