‘Electricity firms should be held accountable for power cuts’

November 18th, 2008 - 10:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Ahmedabad, Nov 18 (IANS) A city-based consumer research organisation Tuesday urged the central government to hold the electricity companies accountable for frequent power cuts and load sheddings in several states.The country is facing six to seven percent power deficit during normal hours and 12 to 13 percent during peak hours. The western region is the worst-hit, said the Consumer Education and Research Society (CERS) in a representation to the ministry of power.

The state-run power companies have not adequately added to their capacity during the past decade and depended mostly on power purchase from independent producers, it added.

In 2007-08, Gujarat topped the power-deficit states with 26.7 percent shortage during peak hours, followed by Maharashtra at 26.4 percent. Gujarat could feed only 8,885 MW against the peak demand of 12,119 MW.

“Why should consumers countrywide be penalised for the poor performance of these companies?” asked the CERS.

The CERS said distribution companies should be penalised and compensation be taken from them for the affected consumers.

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