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AIPEF urges CM Punjab to direct PSPCL to file tariff petition

VINOD GUPTA | December 06, 2021 02:31 PM

CHANDIGARH:All India Power Engineers Federation( AIPEF) has urged the Chief Minister Punjab to direct the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited ( PSPCL) management to
immediately submit petitions to Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) under section 86 of Electricity Act 2003 for re- determination of Tariff in line with the bills passed in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha without waiting for the approval of the Governor. by Dec 10, 2021.

V K Gupta spokesperson said on Monday that the Federation has written a letter to Charanjit Singh Channi Chief Minister congratulating him on taking daring steps in bringing out the White Paper and Bills and getting passed by a thumping majority.
It is surprising that PSPCL management has failed to submit these petitions which may save it and the people of Punjab thousands of crores of rupees.

Federation has written that honest intentions of Government to bring down
tariff through above daring steps shall be defeated by vested interests by taking a plea that till the aforesaid bills become an Act , such petitions cannot be filed.

AIPEF is requesting the Chief Ministers of other states to follow steps taken by
the chief minister Punjab and save the power consumers from overcharging of power by generation companies.Such laws need to be State-specific. In those States where the consumers are unduly burdened by the "deemed generation clause" of the PPAs signed in the past with thermal power plants, the new law could extend to such PPAs also.
V K Gupta said that in line with the Punjab decision , other states should similarly assert their authority under the constitution and enact laws that preserve their autonomy in order to safeguard the electricity consumers' interests. Such laws need to be State-specific. In those States where the consumers are unduly burdened by the "deemed generation clause" of the PPAs signed in the past with thermal power plants, the new law could extend to such PPAs also.
AIPEF has demanded that the individuals responsible for the misadventure of making the Punjab consumers to fall in the trap of excessive charges of Rs.1000 crore annually be brought to book through a vigilance enquiry assisted by an expert body of honest power engineers who understand
nitty gritties of power sector and laws relating to this sector.

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