HT consumers can draw only 5% of quota during evening peak hours

T. Ramakrishnan

Violation to invite restrictions for next 48 hours

CHENNAI: High Tension electricity consumers belonging to industry will have to draw power from the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board grid only to the tune of five per cent of the quota fixed during evening peak hours (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.), according to the TNEB’s petition before the Electricity Regulatory Commission.

In case they violate this condition, their demand and energy quota will be restricted to five per cent of the quota fixed for the next 48 hours, in addition to excess demand and energy charges proposed by the Board.

[The Board has imposed 40 per cent cut on base demand and energy for HT industrial and commercial services and 20 per cent energy cut on low-tension current transformer service connections.]

Allowing 10 per cent of the power drawal to the HT commercial establishments during the peak hours, the TNEB has stated that in the event of violation of this rule, the establishments’ demand and energy quota would be reduced to 10 per cent of their quota for 48 hours.

In respect of LTCT industry, the drawal will be five per cent of the quota fixed and in the case of LTCT commercial establishments, it will be 10 per cent. In case they violate the rule, their quota will be reduced to five per cent and 10 per cent respectively of their quota fixed on proportionate basis.

The Central Organisation of Tamil Nadu Electricity Employees (COTEE) president, S. Pancharatnam, who took part in the Commission’s State advisory committee meeting on Wednesday, described the penal charges as insult to the injury.

Calling for their withdrawal, he said the quantum of declared power cut coupled with restrictions on peak hours would work out to about 70 per cent of the “real power cut” for the HT category and 35 for LTCT.

According to the trade union leader, the Commission should reject the prayer or allow the Board to withdraw its prayer. He argued that the prayer had been made, without taking into account Electricity Minister Arcot N. Veeraswami’s observations in the Assembly last week.

Citing the Minister’s observations that 600 megawatt would be purchased during December-April and Koodankulam atomic power plant would provide 466 megawatt by April, Mr. Pancharatnam also referred to the Minister’s statement that the power cut was not being enforced.

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