PDD curtailment schedule ‘illegal’, KCSDS seeks its quashment

SRINAGAR: Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) on Thursday filed a petition before Chairman, J&K State Electricity Regulatory Commission, (SERC) Jammu seeking quashment of curtailment schedule announced by the department for metered and unmetered consumers ‘unilaterally without the approval SERC’.

According to the petition filed by activist Shakeel Qalander, KCSDS has prayed that no curtailment in the metered areas be allowed in the interest of restoring confidence of consumers in the Government commitments and facilitating transition into metered regime.

The petitioner has further said that the department may file a just, rational, reasonable and suitable non-discriminatory curtailment schedule for all regions with J&K SERC. The commission may consider such a schedule after inviting and listening to the objections from consumers.

“That appropriate action warranted under law be taken against the department for defaulting in its own unilaterally framed schedule by adhering to frequent unprecedented and pesky power cuts,” reads the petition.

It adds that the consumers subjected to such unscheduled cuts be appropriately compensated through cash incentives and reduction in the tariff.

“That the onus of removing misconceptions about the consumers of Kashmir region from the minds of some biased politicians and bureaucrats be put on the shoulders of PDD who should provide them transparent and factual details about the consumption and revenue realization thereof.”  

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