Regulatory panel hearing adjourned till November 18
The proposed tariff revision by the Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. (KPTCL) was unanimously opposed by several consumers at the public hearing organised by the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) here on Wednesday.
The KPTCL has sought an increase of eight paise per unit in transmission tariff. KPTCL claims that it is unable to supply electricity at the existing tariff due to increase in power purchase cost, operations and maintenance, capital expenditure and various other factors.
Y.V. Ashwanth Narayana and Raja Rao from the Consumer Care Society alleged that the KPTCL had lost its “reliability”. “There is no point in taking up capacity additions if the authorities continue to impose shutdowns,” Mr. Rao said.
Mr. Narayana said that the KPTCL had delayed filing a proposal for tariff revision. He urged KERC to impose a penalty for not filing the proposal for the revision in time.
R.K. Rangrej, a consumer from Gadag, urged KERC to ensure that the tariff notifications are publicised prominently in the newspapers. He said that transmission loss is a crucial factor in deciding tariff. “KPTCL has claimed that transmission loss has decreased. Why is it then asking for a revision of tariff?”
Representing the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry, counsel Sridhar Prabhu said that KERC must reject the tariff revision application as the accounts submitted have not been audited by a statutory auditor as required. He said the accounts audited by private CAs cannot form the basis for application for tariff determination.
M.G. Prabhakar, Chairman of FKCCI's Energy Committee, said that for the past several years, KPTCL had failed to provide a balance sheet. He maintained that the annual performance review should be a separate proceeding, as consumers were obliged to know which part of the asset was used for what purpose.
Earlier, KPTCL Managing Director Latha Krishna Rao made a presentation on the need for tariff revision. KPTCL has submitted the annual accounts audited by an auditor recommended by the AG's office this October.
The public hearing was adjourned till November 18.