Noida: Janshakti Seva Samiti, a social organisation, wrote a letter to Shrikant Sharma, Uttar Pradesh Energy Minister, demanding separate power tariffs for Noida and Greater Noida.
The organisation lamented that despite being profit and revenue collection centres, the twin cities have to bear the brunt of increased power tariff. The government has overlooked this merit while deciding the power tariff rates for the two cities.
As per the amended Electricity Act 2005, separate power tariff has to be fixed for each centre generating profit. The samiti's contention is that this provision was not taken into consideration while fixing the power tariff. The government fixed uniform tariff clubbing the consumers of these two cities with the rest of the state.
AN Dhawan, the chief patron of the Samiti, pointed out that Noida and Greater Noida generate more profit and revenue with minimal line loss. Hence, consumers of these cities should not be burdened on account of the adverse situation prevailing in the other areas.
He said, ''This is our long-pending demand. I request the minister to look into the matter.''
Moreover, consumers are being sent notices for payment of additional security, merely on the plea for covering 45 days' consumption even if such consumption occurred just once, Dhawan said.
He said consumers have obtained the sanction of their electricity connections after depositing the requisite security amount. Hence, there does not seem to be any justification for additional security just in case the consumption happens to be higher just on one occasion.
Appreciating the fact that the regular consumers were paying their bills on the consumption on monthly basis, he said there arises no need for coercing them to deposit additional security to cover 45 days' consumption which may occur merely on one occasion.