CHENNAI: No aid for home electrical energy shoppers in Tamil Nadu in opposition to ‘amplified power fees’ through the lockdown interval because the
Tangedco calculated the consumption fees for the 4 months — March to June — based mostly on the invoice quantity paid by every client for February. It was alleged that customers may be billed solely on the premise of the models consumed and never on the final cost made.
Nevertheless, refusing to just accept the allegation, a division bench of Justice M M Sundresh and Justice R Hemalatha dismissed the plea moved by M L Ravi.
On July 8, whereas reserving the order on the plea, the bench concurred with the submission of Tangedco that home shoppers are experiencing greater electrical energy payments as they’re spending extra time of their properties in view of Covid-19 lockdown.
Usually, anybody who’s working would spend no less than six to eight hours of their workplace or office. Now, they’re spending such time of their properties and this is likely to be a purpose for the rise in fees, a courtroom had stated.
In keeping with the petitioner, Tangedco has relied on the earlier month invoice quantity to reach at present payable as a substitute of contemplating the earlier month models consumed. This resulted in low pressure home shoppers having to pay 12 per cent to 50 per cent greater fees than that’s permissible beneath the Tamil Nadu Electrical energy Provide Code. Such technique adopted by the company has affected 96 per cent of home shoppers who’ve been compelled to pay as much as 50 per cent greater fees, based on him.
Denying the allegation, extra advocate common P H Arvind Pandian submitted that the payments couldn’t be calculated as per the models consumed as nobody together with the petitioner and Tangedco is aware of the studying for the lockdown interval.
Furthermore, the strategy adopted by the company to calculate the fees are correct and is in compliance with the provisions of the Act. “We now have even obtained the approval from the Tamil Nadu Electrical energy Regulatory Fee,” he added.