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P-006-2021-Sri. Bhaskaran N.P., Malappuram - Order 28-06-2021
The appeal petition pertains to tree cutting compensation. The appellant complaints that the respondent cut and removed a teakwood tree from his property in a rainy season. The appellant lodged complaint to the Assistant Engineer, then to the Assistant Executive Engineer, Electrical Subdivision, Edakkara. Since no action was taken by both officers of KSEB Ltd., the appellant filed petition before the Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum (CGRF), Northern Region, Kozhikode demanding compensation vide OP No. 71/2020-21. The Forum dismissed the petition on 04-12-2020, observing “lacks jurisdiction to award compensation as per rules and the petitioner is free to approach higher officials of KSEBL for remedy of the grievances”. Accordingly, the appellant approached the Executive Engineer, Electrical Division, Nilambur for getting a compensation for Rs.30,000/-. The Executive Engineer replied that it was forced to cut and remove the teakwood tree along with other trees fallen on the 11 KV line in the entire route for restoring electric supply to the consumers. Not satisfied with the reply of the Executive Engineer, the appellant filed this appeal petition before this Authority on 25-01-2021. The grievance of the appellant has arisen due to the denying of tree cutting compensation by the respondent. It is clear that the petition itself is not maintainable before the Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum or the Electricity Ombudsman as per the Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission’s regulations. That is any dispute or complaints pertaining to such matters are not maintainable before the Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum and Electricity Ombudsman, as per Clause 2 (1) (f) of Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum & Electricity Ombudsman) Regulations 2005. Hence, the Appeal Petition filed before this Authority by the appellant is not maintainable. The order No.71/2020-21 dated 04-12-2020 of Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum, Northern Region, Kozhikode is upheld.

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