Payment of Electricity Bill UNDER PROTEST


Payment of Electricity Bill UNDER PROTEST
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Dear All,

In-continuation to our earlier email dtd: 25.11.2016 on the subject matter “Exorbitant recovery by DNHPDCL in form of FPPCA in October 2016 Bill” , we would like to inform you that, on the advise of our legal consultant, your association Silvassa Industries & Manufacturers Association along with Silvassa Industries Association and Dadra Nagar Haveli Industries Association have jointly filed a petition before Appellate Tribunal For Electricity (APTEL), Delhi whereby the illegal, undue recovery of excessive charges in form of FPPCA from non-Open Access Consumers by DNHPDCL has been challenged.

So, as your association has challenged the illegal recovery by DNHPDCL in form of FPPCA and the matter is now  sub-judice and our legal battle is on which will take its own course. In mean time we are filing an another petition before appropriate forum to restrain DNHPDCL from recovery of this illegal and undue charges in form of FPPCA from consumers,  till disposal of the matter.    

It is understood that, in mean time DNHPDCL has raised an electric bill of consumers for month of November 2016 and in this bill also they have demanded  this illegal and undue charges in form of FPPCA from NOA consumers. As suggested earlier we once again request all the colleague members to pay the bill of November 2016 on or before prescribed date to avoid unnecessary disconnection of power under pretext of non-payment of electric charges.

As all the three associations under the banner of Federation of Industries Associations, Silvassa has already initiated the agitation and filed petition before APTEL  against the unfair and prejudice approach of DNHPDCL towards MSMEs and small consumers. It is hereby requested to all fellow colleagues not to haste in payment of November 2016 electricity bill and if any colleague industry pay the bill, please pay the bill UNDER PROTEST with right to recover the excessive amount which may have collected by DNHPDCL in form of excessive FPPCA charges. 

It is also brought to the notice of your association that, many members and industries are paying electricity bill online. In such case after making the payment online, please submit a letter to DNHPDCL mentioning that, “though the payment of electricity bill has been made online but it is paid UNDER PROTEST with right to recover the excessive amount which may have collected by DNHPDCL in form of excessive FPPCA charges”.

In short whenever you make the payment submit a letter and keep the acknowledgement. Your association SIMA shall be in touch with all of you in case of any further development in the matter. At the same time, if any member industries has any query or issues, please be in touch with your association for any help.

As you all know, that your association is collecting a very nominal fee from members to run the association with minimum expenses. But in case of such huge legal battle the association shall have to incur very huge amount in form of legal fees and other expenses. So, SIMA hereby appeals to its fellow industries members to voluntarily come forward and contribute their share towards the legal expenses. We are sure that, member industries shall contribute in this mission of legal battle for its judicious conclusion.    

Thanking you,
With regards, 

For Silvassa Industries & Manufacturers Association

Narendra Trivedi, 
Secretary

Email dtd: 25/11/2016  Exorbitant recovery by DNHPDCL in form of FPPCA in October 2016 Bill” 

Dear all,
We have received feedback from number of our industrial colleague that, they are shocked on receipt of exorbitant electric bill for the month of October 2016 from DNHPDCL. On analysis of the bill it is observed that in last quarter bill, the DNHPDCL had recovered Rs. 0.67 paisa per unit as FPPCA charge. But in recent bill of October 2016, the DNHPDCL has charged Rs. 1.30 paisa per unit as FPPCA charges without proper justification and explanation. Such huge electricity charges and FPPCA charges has caused very adversely to the industrial sector and now the existence of MSME units in Dadra & Nagar Haveli are at risk.

It is very high time for all of us to standup, unite and fight for our existence, otherwise the industries and particularly MSMEs of this territory will have to shut down their operation as the only advantage of low power cost shall be extinguished and MSME units will not be able to compete at National and International level.

For this, after  consultation with other associations and Federation of Industries Associations, it is decided that entire industrial sector shall protest for this unfair and excessive hike in power charges. The Federation of Industries Associations are in touch with legal consultant to examine the issue and challenge the recovery of excessive power charges at appropriate legal forum.  Simultaneously the delegations of Federation of Industries Associations met Managing Director, DNHPDCL and have requested to share the formula for fixing FPCCA charges with the representative of industries to assure that, the FPPCA calculation is proper and DNHPDCL has not added any other component in the calculation.

All the three associations and Federation of Industries Associations have already initiated the agitation against the unfair and prejudice approach of DNHPDCL towards MSMEs and small consumers. In mean time it is hereby requested to all fellow colleagues not to haste in payment of October 2016 electricity bill and if any colleague industry pay the bill, please pay the bill UNDER PROTEST with right to recover the excessive amount which may have collected by DNHPDCL in form of excessive FPPCA charges. 

All colleague industries shall be updated by your association SIMA on any development in the issue.  All the colleague industries are requested to inform the neighbor industries about this burning issue and assure that entire industrial sector in Dadra & Nagar Haveli are updated in this regard.  

Thanking you,
With regards, 

For Silvassa Industries & Manufacturers Association

Narendra Trivedi, 
Secretary 

  


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