first_imgHyderabad: The power consumers in the State are angry with the distribution companies over the implementation of uniform billing which has led to higher billing. A campaign has been launched in the social media group against the uniform billing and it has gone viral. The consumers have demanded metering of consumption of power as per the slab-wise. Also Read – Car mechanic held in Hyderabad for killing Class 10 girl in Jadcherla Advertise With Us Power consumption is calculated as per the prescribed rates.The rates being approved by the Electricity Regulatory Commission are the basis for calculating the power consumption. The rates are prescribed slab-wise gives scope for the consumer to curtail power usage. As per the retail tariff announced by the TSERC, there are six slabs for 2019 – 19. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us First slab is 0 – 50 units, second one 51 – 100 units, third one 101 – 200 units, fourth one 201 to 300 units, fifth one 301 – 400 units and sixth one 401 – 800 units. As per the approved rates, the tariff for first slab is Rs 1.45, second Rs 2.60, third Rs 4.30, fourth Rs 7.20, fifth Rs 7.20, and sixth Rs 8.50. Usage more than 900 units attracts Rs 9 per unit. Advertise With Us Under non-uniform tariff system, the usage is calculated as per the slab. If a consumer uses power up to 100 units, the charge is Rs 145. If the usage crosses third slab, the charge for the second slab is Rs 260. The total charge is Rs 145+260 = 405. If the same is calculated under uniform tariff, the charge would be Rs 520. Thus, the burden on the consumer would be Rs 115. Samachara Hakku Vikasa Samithi founder president Y Krishna Reddy said due to the uniform billing the monthly power charges have been rising substantially. He said the meter readers are taking meter reading after 30 days and this has been resulting into higher billing. He said that the reading has to be taken once in 30 days. But the staff has been taking the reading even after 40 days. Due to this the usage is billed at higher slabs. If a consumer uses 100 units per 30 days, he is charged with Rs 3.60 per unit. Then the bill is Rs 360. But due to delayed reading, the number of units crosses 106 and it attracts the next level charge of Rs 6.90. So, the total charge goes up to Rs 690. He alleged that there was a conspiracy behind the excess billing. The officials have been directing the meter reading staff to take reading after 30 days. They have been forcing the consumers to pay more. However, the officials of the distribution companies denied this and said that the charges are applied as per the software approved by the Electricity Regulatory Authority. They said that the billing software was modified long ago and implemented as per the directions of Electricity Regulatory Commission to avoid unnecessary burden on electricity consumers in case of delay in billing. For example, if consumer falls under category 1B (1), the first slab rate is Rs 3.30 and for first slab usage of 0-100 units. If billing is delayed by 10 days, the first slab of the said consumer will automatically extend to 0 – 133 units. There is no fraud in case of delayed billing by the power staff as alleged.last_img read more

first_imgSrinagar: The twelve political leaders from various opposition parties who visited the Valley but were not allowed to step out of the airport sign on a representation, asking the authorities that it should be handed over to Governor Satyapal Malik. In a strongly worded representation addressed to the Budgam District Magistrate, the opposition leaders claimed the apprehensions due to their visit are baseless. “They are tantamount to allegations against the purpose of our visit”, read the letter. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us It says that their visit is a result of a public invitation of the Governor of the union territory who invited them to visit and see the situation first hand. Soon after Article 370 of the Constitution was abrogated, Governor Malik offered Rahul Gandhi to visit the valley. But when he tweeted his intention to visit along with a delegation of opposition MPs, Malik questioned the intention of Gandhi and forwarded the request to J&K Police for requisite permission. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us In the letter, they argued that as elected representatives, the purpose of the visit was to express solidarity with people of Kashmir and help bring normalcy. But the order preventing them to step out has left them agitated. The political leaders lodged their objection and claimed their detention was “undemocratic and unconstitutional”. Congress’ Rahul Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, K.C. Venugopal and Anand Sharma, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury and Communist Party of India’s D Raja, Trinamool Congress (TMC)’s Dinesh Trivedi, Tiruchi Siva of DMK, Loktantrik Janta Dal’s Sharad Yadav, Manoj Jha of Rashtriya Janata Dal, Majeed Memon of Nationalist Congress Party and D Kupendra Reddy of the Janata Dal (Secular) signed the representation. The political leaders were urged by authorities not to visit the Valley yesterday itself. Today upon landing all of them were prevented from stepping out, so they had to fly back to Delhi.last_img read more