Consumers vehemently opposed the power tariff hike proposed by the Electricity Supply Corporations (ESComs) at the public hearing conducted by the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) at the Court Hall of DC’s office here this morning.

The hearing was chaired by KERC Chairman M.R. Srinivasa Murthy and members Vishwanath Hiremath and M.R.K. Srinivasa Rao.

Putting forth their opinions, Kodagu Irrigation Society President Subbaiah, Coffee Planters’ Association members Ganapathy and Subramanya sought free power for their irrigation pumpsets as was being given to farmers.

Mysore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) President Sudhakar Shetty opined that the industrial scenario was already bleak with lean progress and further power tariff hike would be detrimental to industries.

MCCI member Ravindra Prabhu pointed out that seeking a hike of 70p per unit by ESComs was meaningless when power was being bought at an exorbitant rate with power theft, transmission and distribution losses going on unabated. He attributed mismanagement to losses which, he said, should not be passed on to consumers.

A senior citizen B.S. Raghavendra Rao pointed out that power was being wasted in government offices. He suggested only two shows in cinema halls and observed that power was being wasted in Palace by fitting power-gobbling fancy lamps.

Rao added that street lights continue to burn during daytime with no ESCom official bothering about that.

Mysore Industries Association (MIA) President P. Vishwanath and Secretary Suresh Kumar Jain also objected to the proposed hike.

Mysore Grahakara Parishat (MGP), in a press release, has stated that all the ESComs collude with each other and seek a common power tariff raise though the ESComs received power at variable costs because of their locations.

The National Electricity Policy is being violated with no standards set for energy conservation, the MGP press release issued by V. Mahesha added.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore