Jurisdiction of JERC for Goa, Union territories upheld
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 21:50
Chennai: The Madras High Court has upheld the jurisdiction of a Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for the state of Goa and Union Territories to entertain applications for determination of tariff.

Dismissing a batch of petitions by AKS Alloys Private Ltd and 31 other High Tension (HT) consumers of Puducherry, Justice K Venkataraman said a conjoint reading of two clauses the Electricity Act made it clear that a Joint Commission may be constituted.

When the Commission was constituted, the question of constituting the body comprising one member from each of the participating states and Union Territories did not arise, the Judge held.

The Centre, if so authorised by all participating states, could constitute a Commission comprising members of its choice and decide the number of members, he said and pointed out that the Home Ministry had deliberated he question of participation of the Puducherry Government at length and the territorial government had accepted the constitution of the Commission.

The Electricity Department had filed its revision petition before the Commission, stating that it proposed a 50 per cent hike in demand charges and around 35 per cent increase in energy charges for HT consumers.

The Centre submitted the Commission had been constituted with one Chairperson or one Member. This had been done after due consultation with all interested parties bearing in mind the workload and cost of running the Commission.


First Published: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 21:50

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