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P/104/2019 - Sri. Cheriyan Kurian, Alappuzha
The appellant is the Managing Director of HIC ABF Special Foods(P) Ltd., a private limited company and a High-Tension Consumer of Electricity (tariff HT I (A) Industrial) with consumer no. 1355150003426 - 6/4244 under Electrical Section, Aroor with registered contract demand of 700 kVA. An inspection was conducted by Assistant Executive Engineer (Meter), TMR Division, Pallom, Kottayam on 24.03.2018 of the HT metering equipment of the appellant when it was noticed that ToD meter not working satisfactorily and declared faulty. The Deputy Chief Engineer, Electrical Circle, Alappuzha has directed the appellant to change the meter. The respondent has imposed penalty 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, Ernakulam as O.P. No. 25/2019-20. The CGRF, Ernakulam, dismissed the petition vide order dated 13-11-2019. Aggrieved by the order of the CGRF, the appellant has submitted this appeal petition before this Authority on 23-12-2019. From the conclusions arrived at as detailed above, I decide to quash the penal assessment of 50% extra imposed for Rs. 22,05,768/- issued to the appellant. The penalty is limited for one month 1amounting to Rs. 11,02,884/- and which was remitted by the appellant. Having concluded and decided as above it is ordered accordingly. The order of CGRF in OP No. 25/2019-20 is set aside. No order on costs.

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