JAMMU: Bari Brahmana Industries Association has expressed serious concern over the proposed Power Tariff Hike by the Power Development Department. The concern was raised during an urgent meeting of the Association held here today under Chairmanship of Lalit Mahajan in the presence of Tarun Singla, Sr. Vice President, Ajay Langer Vice President, Viraaj Malhotra General Secretary, Rajesh Jain Secretary, Vivek Singhal Treasurer of BBIA to discuss the issue regarding the unwarranted proposed 15% to 20% hike in Power Tariff and 20% to 35 % hike in fixed charges in domestic, industrial, agriculture and other sectors as per the petition filed by Power Development Department to JKSERC for the year 2019-20.
The members present in the meeting while expressing anguish said that this hike is being proposed despite the Power Development Department having failed to control the transmission losses resulting huge financial losses to the Govt. Moreover the PDD Department has also failed to implement the directives of JKSERC for the 100% metering whereas as per the proposed petition only 55.34% metering done has resulted in transmission losses for the year 2018-19 to about 50% against the losses of 25% as approved by the J&KSERC as the heavy transmission losses is the major factor of power theft which the Department has failed to control and is now trying to put the burden on the common people and the industrial sector of the state in spite of fact that the T&D Losses in the Industrial Areas is 5 to 8% which is much less than the National Average of Transmission Loss.
BBIA has appealed to the Governor Satya Pal Malik to intervene into the matter for immediate withdrawal of Power Tariff Petition by the Power Development Department.