The Coimbatore Consumer Cause will pursue with the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) its earlier representation against power cut in Chennai for only two hours a day while it is more than 10 hours in the rest of the State.
According to a release from K. Kathirmathiyon, secretary of the consumer body, he had filed a public interest litigation writ petition before the Madras High Court to direct the TNERC to issue appropriate directions to Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) to ensure equal distribution of the power available to all consumers in the State.
After hearing the petition, the court disposed it directing the consumer body to pursue its representation with the TNERC and added that “needless to say, the first respondent (TNERC) shall consider the petitioner’s representation and pass appropriate order in accordance with law as regards the indiscriminate continuous load shedding.”
Mr. Kathirmathiyon said that from 2010, the consumer body had made several representations to the TNERC and the TNEB (TANGEDCO) against “indiscriminate” power cuts between Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu. While equal consumption charges were collected from all the consumers in the State, the licensee (TANGEDGO) should not discriminate among its consumers. Since no action was taken on the representations and the power cuts continued, the Coimbatore Consumer Cause filed the petition with the Madras High Court.
Of the total requirement of nearly 11,500 MW in the State, the power available was about 7,000 MW and Chennai city alone consumed more than 2,300 MW. However, the TANGEDCO implemented only two hours a day power cut in Chennai and it was more than 10 hours in the rest of the State.
Even the two hours power cut in Chennai was only during the daytime while in other parts of the State load shedding continued during night hours too.
When there was severe shortage of power, the consumers of Chennai should share the power crisis with those in other parts of the State, he said.