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
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
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.