Kashmir civil society group moves SERC on power curtailment

A civil society group Wednesday approached the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) seeking quashment of the curtailment schedule announced by the Power Development Department for Kashmir without the commission’s approval.
“That the curtailment scheduled announced by the department for metered and unmetered consumers unilaterally without the approval of the Commission be kindly quashed,” the Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) has said in its petition before the SERC.
The SERC is a quasi-judicial body having powers to regulate the power sector in J&K. The petition, filed by member KCSDS Shakeel Qalander, has sought direction that no curtailment should be allowed in metered areas besides action against the PDD for “defaulting” in its own unilaterally framed schedule by adhering to frequent and pesky power cuts.
On November 2, the PDD announced a revised power curtailment schedule for Kashmir in which scheduled power cuts in metered and non-metered areas have been increased to 17 and 57 hours per week respectively. The curtailment schedule triggered widespread resentment among consumers and there were protests reported from different areas.
The petition has pointed out that the PDD should file a “just, rational, reasonable and suitable non-discriminatory” curtailment schedule for all regions before the SERC which should be considered only after inviting objections from the consumers.

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