CAG FINDS MEERUT DISCOM GUILTY OF UNDER-BILLING SAMSUNG
LUCKNOW : The CAG has found the Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd (PVVNL) guilty of short charging (under-billing) the multinational corporation Samsung to the tune of Rs 1.28 crore by violating billings rules under the Supply Code, 2005.
PVVNL is also known as the Meerut distribution company (discom) as its headquarters are situated in the western UP city.
As per the CAG report, the UP Electricity Supply Code provides that the consumer will be billed for the period between the date of last reading and the date of replacement of a defective meter on the basis of average consumption and average maximum demand of three billing cycles prior to the last reading. The provisional bills, if any issued, will be accordingly adjusted..
The audit, however, noticed that in contravention of the provision, the executive engineer of electricity distribution division II, Noida under the PVVNL issued the bills for power consumption of a consumer (Samsung) having a load of 15,000 KVA for November 2015 on the basis of pro rata of reading recorded in the main meter during November 23 to December 1, 2015.
“In this case, the bills were to be issued on the basis of average consumption and average maximum demand for three billing cycles prior to the last reading, viz, August, September, and October , 2015,” the report observed, adding, “By not adhering to the Supply Code provisions, the company short charged the consumer (Samsung) by Rs 1.28 crore.”
The CAG rejected the logic that the discom put forward as justification for the billing and reported the matter to the state government and the discom management in June 2017 and March 2018.