KCCI opposes power tariff hike

SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Saturday opposed the  tariff hike in power, seeking more transparency and technological interventions to arrest prevalent losses in power sector.
The chamber presented the case of industry,commerce and general public at the public hearing of  the State  Electricity Regulatory Commission here in response to the petition filed by J&K Power Development Department for revision of Power tariff for the year 2016-17 and other issues .
In statement issued by the chamber the KCCI team comprising of  Faiz  Bakshi, Secretary General and Nasir Hamid Khan, Executive Committee Member made their submissions at the hearing.
About the proposed hike in tariff it strongly opposes the proposed hike in power tariff being petitioned by Department as it would be unreasonable to burden the consumer.
It expressed reservations over the department failing to reduce its T&D losses. It said that PDD has failed in taking effective steps for recovery of dues from defaulting Government Departments.
It also castigated the department for not ensure 100 percent metering of every single one of the security installations in Kashmir saying that it is a common sight to see troops deployed at numerous places pilfering power supply.
On  protection of consumer rights it said that the issue of arbitrary disconnection of power supply of consumers is of grave concern. Consumers, particularly those who move out of  Kashmir during winter months, are subjected to disconnections without notice. It has urge the SERC to increase the period of notice to 30 days.
It also sought quality of power being supplied to the consumers be improved besides a set curtailment schedule to be followed for the convenience of the public.
About the underground cabling it has said that the underground cabling used is technologically advanced and more durable.
It has also put its displeasure over the issue of dysfunctional and inadequate street lighting in Srinagar and other major towns of Kashmir that are under control of various civic agencies.