Uttarakhand: UPCL caps use of subsidized electricity by staffers at 9,000 units

Uttarakhand Power Corporation Limited (UPCL) on Tuesday informed the high court that its employees, and those working for the Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (UJVNL) and Power Transmission Corporation of Uttarakhand Limited (PTCUL) will not be able to use more than 9,000 units of electricity at subsidised rates.

In a compliance report, the UPCL informed the court that a decision had been taken to make the new cap applicable on all employees of the three corporations responsible for generation, management and distribution of electricity in the state. The managing directors of UPCL, PTCUL and UJVNL took the decision in a meeting last month.

“UPCL said that in a meeting, the three corporations had decided that no employee will be able to use more than 9,000 units of subsidised electricity and the rates charged would range from Rs 150 to Rs 640,” said BP Nautiyal, senior advocate appearing for the petitioners. Till now, staffers of these corporations could use 15,000 units of subsidised electricity and their power bills were capped between Rs 65 to Rs 425.

The bench of Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice Ramesh Chandra Khulbe was hearing a petition that alleged that employees of UJVNL, PTCUL and UPCL used unlimited amount of electricity virtually free of cost.

Nautiyal added that the UPCL also informed the court that it had sustained losses of more than Rs 83 crore in the last two financial years to make up for supplying electricity at highly subsidised rates to employees. “The UPCL said that over the financial years of 2017-18 and 2018-19, the company had to pay Rs 83.79 crore for subsidies,” Nautiyal said.

Meanwhile, the court also ordered UPCL to take control of meters installed at UJVNL employees’ places. “The court was informed that there are still over a 1,000 meters that are under the jurisdiction of UJVNL that need to be transferred to UPCL.

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