Apartment Owners Associations (AOAs) of Crossings Republik in Ghaziabad are in a dilemma, as Crossings Infrastructure Private Limited (CIPL) has levied transmission loss charges on their monthly electricity bills. These charges are being levied by CIPL to make up for the losses incurred in the transmission process. AOA members have raised concerns about this, saying it is wrong to levy this charge on the fixed monthly amount and that it should be levied only on the actual amount of electricity consumed.
CIPL carries the electricity from Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (PVVNL) and then distributes it to the managements of high-rises, who further deliver it to individual flats, the end consumers. Members of society managements such as AOAs have said that electricity delivered to individual flats incurred the same transmission losses like the electricity delivered by CIPL to societies. In such a scenario, the management should bear the loss.
According to regulations of PVVNL, a maximum of 5 per cent of the bill can be charged as transmission loss. Residents have enquired if this charge can be levied on both the fixed and the unit charges of the connection.
Speaking to City Spidey, Sanjay Kumar Jha, general secretary of Gaur Global Village, said, "We are planning to divide the transmission loss amount, and are going to demand a total calculation of the amount charged from the high-rises. If the transmission is actually low, CIPL has to reduce the charges. Conversely, high transmission means that outdated infrastructure is being used to deliver electricity."
Speaking to City Spidey, PK Agarwal, executive engineer of PVVNL, said the department recognises CIPL as its franchise and the next consumer (society management) as the end consumer, and therefore there is no scope or provision for levying the transmission loss charges twice.
On being asked about levying transmission loss charges on fixed charges, Agarwal said that according to the rules of the electricity department, it can be levied on both the fixed and the unit charges.
Speaking to City Spidey, Ishwar Tyagi, CEO of CIPL, said that residents have been asked to prepare a list of their grievances, and the matter will be raised before the top management of the township.