SRINAGAR: Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) has strongly opposed the power tariff hike being petitioned by the Power Development Department (PDD).
KEA said PDD has failed to arrest Transmission & Distribution (T&D) Losses which is now highest in the country.
KEA T&D losses incurred by PDD are alarmingly running at 49 per cent which needs to be reduced instead of burdening the consumers with power fee hike.
KEA Chairman Showkat Chowdhary said Kashmir’s economic conditions are very fragile which need to be given impetus with the industry friendly policies.
“Locals as well as business community are yet to overcome the losses suffered due to the devastating floods of September 2014. PDD has to reduce losses with serious efforts and not to hike the power tariff,” said Chowdhary.
KEA said even though tourism has been declared as an industry in the year 1995, but the benefits of industrial tariff has not been extended to this sector.
“PDD should charge on actual consumption and not as fixed charges. Tourism which is providing employment to thousands of the locals here and generates economic activity in other sectors also needs to be given industrial tariff benefits,” demanded Chowdhary.
KEA said despite having intermittent power supply during winter months, PDD is proposing power tariff hike which is totally unjustifiable.
“Consumers billed fixed minimum charges even if the power supply remains disconnected for most of the period. Disconnecting the electricity supply to consumers is the violation of their rights,” said Chowdhary.
KEA further criticized PDD of its failure to collect fee from the government department which is running in crores of rupees.