NERC conducts first power consumers’ court

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Kohima, February 4: Nagaland Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) chairman Imtikumjuk Ao today urged the State Power Department to soon become a business house rather than continuing to remain a mere Government department.
Holding the first ever power consumers’ court hearing in the conference hall of Engineer-in-Chief of Power Department in Kohima today, Imtikumjuk said that the commission has come through an Act of Parliament in 2003 to bring reform to the power sector in India.
He expressed dismay that nothing substantial has taken place in Nagaland in this regard unlike the other states where full swing reform is taking place. Urging the Department officials to curb the practice of power theft vigorously as it is affecting the revenue collection, he pointed out that power theft is now a criminal offence punishable by imprisonment under the Electricity Act.
On the complaints placed before the court, regard faulty, irregular and inefficient billing as well as discrepancies between the passive payers and namesake payers, the chairman said judgment shall be delivered during the next commission meeting. He said that the judgment shall be based on the two issues of revenue collection and payments by consumers.
The NERC chairman also maintained that the consumer court is very vital for the improvement of power department in the service of the public. He said that power consumers in the State having grievances of faulty metre reading, hike in power tariff and disproportionate billing are taken up. He urged the power consumers to come forward with their complaints in such hearing. (Page News Service)