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|Unauthorized use of Electricity - Assessment of electricity charges - Method of penalization|
|The Executive Engineer, Electrical Division, Ponkunnam sought clarification regarding the methodology to be adopted while issuing penal bills in the case of unauthorized additional load. The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission clarified vide letter read as 2nd paper that penalty rate is applicable to both fixed and energy charges for the unauthorized use of Electricity as per sub-section (6) of Sn 126 of Electricity (Amendment) Act, 2007 which states that the assessment under this section shall be made at a rate equal to twice the tariff applicable for the relevant category of services specified in sub section (5). As per sub section (5) of section 126 of Electricity (Amendment) Act, 2007, if the assessing officer reaches to the conclusion that unauthorized use of electricity has taken place, the assessment shall be made for the entire period during which such unauthorized use of electricity has taken place and if, however, the period during which such unauthorized use of electricity has taken place cannot be ascertained, such period shall be limited to a period of twelve months immediately preceding the date of inspection. The appointed date for bringing into force the Electricity (Amendment) Act, 2007 is 15.06.2007. Having considered the matter, the Board hereby orders that the field officers shall strictly follow the provisions of the Electricity Act, 2003 (sub sections (5) and (6) of section 126 of Electricity (Amendment) Act, 2007, i.e. two times the respective tariff for the entire period and in case the said period cannot be ascertained for a period of 12 months) for assessing penalty in the case of misuse of energy and unauthorized use of energy including unauthorized additional load, unauthorized extension and meter tampering cases detected. Penalty rate shall be applicable to both fixed and energy charge for the unauthorized use. Penalty charges for current charges shall be levied for proportionate energy charge and normal current charge collected shall be deducted.|
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