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Tata Steel electricity to get dearer in Jamshedpur

Public hearing held on power tariff hike petition of Tata Steel

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Jamshedpur, Aug 17: A public hearing was conducted by the Jharkhand State Electricity Regulatory Commission at Tube Makers Club, Nildih, for the licensed area of Tata Steel Limited. It was chaired by Mahendra Prasad, Member Legal Jharkhand State Electricity Regulatory Commission (JSERC) and Atul Kumar, Member Technical (JSERC). The public hearing was attended by several consumers and also representatives from residents of licensed areas comprising domestic, commercial users. and employees Tarun Daga, Managing Director,  Tata Steel UISL & Sharad Kumar, Chief of power systems and Energy, also attended then hearing on behalf of Tata Steel.

Several consumers said Tata Steel UISL was providing good service which was not available elsewhere. They said the tariff hike should be such as not to inflict much burden on the common man.

Golmuri resident SS Chawla said the maintenance service of the company was good. He suggested that the company should increase the commercial rate and not the domestic rate.

Another citizen BK Dubey too, praised the service. Residents from Birsanagar requested company officials to provide electricity connection in their area.

Chartered Accountant Ashok Kumar Biyani from Ashiana Garden, Sonari, oppoed the proposed hike in power tariff and produced several documents before the Commission in his support.

The Commission members said the Commission would take the final decision within 45 days. They said the Commission had given seven days extra time to the company and the people for sharing suggestions or making complaints.

Tata Steel has proposed tariff increase to bring it to nearly cost of supply. On proposed tariff overall revenue is expected to go up by approx. 11%, which will help recovering the cumulative revenue gap. Changes has also been proposed in rebates and surcharges to make it more effective while retaining the objective requirement.

Subsequent, to presentation, the Hon’ble Chairman JSERC invited audience for suggestion, objections and any other issues related to the filed petition. Around 20 people gave their suggestion / views for the filed petition.

There were representatives from domestic, commercial institutional and industrial consumers. Everyone appreciated the quality of power, reliability, availability and very low frequency of interruptions of power of Tata Steel limited. Consumers’ main suggestions were to provide government subsidy to Tata Steel consumer, to increase the tariff at reasonable rate, allow the capital expenditure for providing power to more area & maintain the sustainability of power, to revise the limit of provisional connection from 2kw to 3-4 kw in the regulation along with other.  

All suggestions were noted down by the Commission V P Singh GM PSD Tata Steel UISL addressed each question / suggestion given by the consumers. The Commission said that the consumer of TSL area consumers are very aware and conscious. Commission has provided extra 1 week time to consumer to submit the query/ comment (if any) on the said petition. 

Today’s hearing was held as a process for True-up for FY 2019-20, Annual Performance Review of FY 2020-21 & Business Plan and MYT Petition for Control Period FY 2021-22 to FY 2025-26. VP Singh, GM Power Services Division, presented the gist of petition filed before the Commission on True-up for FY 2019-20, Annual Performance Review of FY 2020-21 & Business Plan and MYT Petition for Control Period FY 2021-22 to FY 2025-26 along with other service improvement initiatives undertaken by Tata Steel Limited.

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