STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Respite as Andhra electricity regulatory commission recalls true-up order

The Commission will now start the process afresh, including publishing a public notice and hearing the views of all stakeholders before issuing a fresh order.  

Published: 08th October 2021 08:37 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th October 2021 08:37 AM   |  A+A-

electricity

Image for representational purposes (Express Illustration)

By Express News Service

VIJAYAWADA: The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) has suo motu recalled its August 27 order that allowed Discoms to recover true-up charges amounting to Rs 3,669 crore from consumers during the current fiscal year.

The Commission will now start the process afresh, including publishing a public notice and hearing the views of all stakeholders before issuing a fresh order.  The order was recalled after several consumers moved to the Andhra Pradesh High Court, saying due procedures were not followed before issuing the directive, which had also triggered widespread protests in the State. 

Following the latest development, Discoms would put on hold the recovery of true-up charges until the Commission completes the procedures. Discoms had started recovering the dues from August. Though the APERC had put up the petitions by APSPDCL and APEPDCL on its website for several months, it did not issue a public notice. 

Pointing out the petitions in the High Court while “exercising its  power of suo motu review”, APERC said in a statement that “the commission has decided to recall the order dated August 27, 2021... and hear the petitions de novo after the publication of notices in newspapers.” 

Starting the entire process afresh would provide the stakeholders with an opportunity to present their views, which would be considered before passing the final order. The Commission recalled the order after taking the opinion of the State advocate general.

What was the recalled order?
The Regulatory Commission order allowed Discoms to recover Rs 3,669 crore in instalments over a period of eight months from August -- Rs 397.42 crore per month at Rs 1.11 to Rs 1.27 per unit.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp