TNERC has turned down a petition from the Chennai Metro
Chennai: The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has turned down a petition from the Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) to provide concessional power tariff retrospectively.
However, considering that CMRL is a provider of public transport services in Chennai, the Commission observed that “ends of justice will be met only if CMRL is classified under HT Tariff I (B) for all the connected load of CMRL.” “Other loads like ATM, kiosks, stalls, hotels, etc., shall be separately metered and charged under miscellaneous category and it shall be deducted from the main energy consumption metered at the CMRL’s point of supply,” the order said.
CMRL had approached the Commission seeking railway traction tariff for July 2013-June 2015 pointing out that the Metro Rail was an essential public utility and social sector green field project. CMRL claimed that the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) were being charged lower tariff of Rs. 6.10 per unit with fixed demand charges of Rs. 150 per kVA, and Rs. 5.20 per unit with fixed demand charges of Rs. 180 per KVA per month respectively under a special category, CMRL said.
It argued that its operational cost will be impacted if tariff was not fixed on par with DMRC or BMRCL. But TANGEDCO said, between July 2013 and June 2015 the power supply was used for trial operations and hence the agency was billed.