Power discom pulled up for sending provisional bills

July 28th, 2008 - 10:07 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) A consumer court Monday pulled up a power discom for sending provisional bills to a consumer and directed it to revise the bill. It termed the practice of sending such bills for years together as unfair. The Delhi State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission President Justice J.D. Kapoor pulled up BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) for sending provisional bills for years together and suddenly giving the actual bill after a few years.

“No sum due from any consumer is recoverable after the period of two years from the date when it became first due unless it has been shown continuously as recoverable as arrears of charges for electricity supplied and the licensee shall not cut off the supply of the electricity,” observed Kapoor.

Kapoor also said that no party can be allowed to take advantage of its acts of omission and commission and that bills raised after several years cannot be allowed to be piled up and served in one go, thereby rendering a person unable to pay.

The case refers to Krishna Wanti, resident of Rajinder Nagar, who had been receiving provisional bills for a long time and no one came to read the meter. Suddenly one day, she received a bill of Rs.199,178. When she approached BYPL for correction, the discom did not pay any attention.

The consumer court quashed the bill and directed BSES to revise the bill as per the provision of law without levying any charges.

Justice Kapoor also observed that handing out provisional bills for such a long time was against the law and a provisional bill can be given for only short duration.

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