NATIONAL CONSUMER DISPUTES REDRESSAL COMMISSION
REVISION PETITION NO. 4680 OF 2009
- Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Ltd.
Through its Supdt. Engineer
Operation Division, Sector-23
- The Executive Engineer
Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Ltd.
Operation Division, Sector-23
- The SDO(Operation)
Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Ltd.
Faridabad, Haryana …….. Petitioner (s)
- Shri Sanjay Satsangi
- Shri G.P. Satsangi
Both Directors of M/s Endee
Woolen & Silk Mills Pvt. Ltd.
14/4, Mathura Road
Faridabad, Haryana …….Respondent (s)
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE J.M. MALIK, PRESIDING MEMBER
HON’BLE MR. SURESH CHANDRA, MEMBER
For the Petitioner : Ms. Shweta Mishra, Advocate
For the Respondent : Mr. Rajesh Mahna & Mr. Ramanand
Dated : 24th May, 2012
PER JUSTICE MR. J.M. MALIK, PRESIDING MEMBER
The facts of the instant revision petition are these. Both the respondents namely Sanjay Satrangi and G.P. Satrangi are the directors of M/s EndeeWoolen & Silk Mills Pvt. Ltd., Faridabad. The company is having a power connection in the said factory. The respondents are regularly paying the bills sent by the petitioner, Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Ltd.. An electric transformer was installed inside the factory premises of the respondents/claimants. The said transformer was removed by the SDO (Operations), Sub Division, Mathura Road, Faridabad on 16th October, 1999 from the factory premises of the complainants without making any alternative arrangement for the supply of electricity. The said transformer was brought back on 10-12-1999 but the same was installed outside instead of inside the factory premises of the complainants. According to the complainants they had constructed foundation and platform for the transformer to be installed inside their factory premises and also met all the installation charges for its installation. However, the petitioners installed the said transformer outside the said factory premises. According to the complainants, after the installation of the transformer the same could not be connected with the system and energized upto 01-02-2000 and the same was energized only on 02-02-2000.
2. The grouse of the complainants is that they did not get the full electricity and the electricity supplied to them was inadequate and insufficient to run the factory. However, thereafter, the request of the complainants was acceded and the full electricity was given after 02-02-2000. The complainants hired generator to run some of the machines to cope with the urgent supply orders. In the complaint it is submitted that they have suffered a loss of Rs.4,98,024/-.
3. The District Forum, after hearing the parties held that there was no deficiency in service on the part of the petitioners. The District Forum also upheld the plea raised by the petitioners that the transformer in question had been removed by the petitioners in order to give supply to the maximum consumers during the shortage of electricity and the same was done in public interest. However, no documentary proof was adduced. It also opined that after some days of the removal of the transformer, the same was re-installed with the purpose to give power supply to the complainants. Consequently, it dismissed the complaint.
4. Aggrieved by the said order, the complaints filed an appeal before the State Commission. The State Commission directed the appellants to file an affidavit narrating therein as to what alternative arrangements were made for the use of electricity by the complainants and how much electricity had been consumed by the complainants. After the removal of the transformer, it is surprising to note, that, no such affidavit saw the light of the day. The State Commission, after consideration of the facts and circumstances, partly accepted the complaint and awarded a sum of Rs.2 lakhs as consolidated compensation for deficiency in service and harassment as well as loss caused to the complainants. It was further held that the complainants are also entitled to refund of an amount in the sum of Rs. 67,831/- charged from them as minimum electric charges for the months from November 1999 to January 2000 with interest at the rate of 6% per annum. The petitioner was further directed to pay cost in the sum of Rs.5,000/-. Interest @ 12% upon Rs. 2 lakhs was also awarded from the date of the order till actual payment. The order was announced on 10th September, 2009.
5. We have heard counsel for the parties. Counsel for the petitioners have invited our attention towards an affidavit filed by Shri S.S. Rawat, Sub Divisional Officer, Faridabad dated 13th August 2009. Its relevant portion is reproduced as follows:
“1. That the transformer of the appellant was inside its premises and on 16-10-1999 the said transformer was shifted outside the premises.
2. That during the period of shifting the transformer, the electricity supply of the premises of the appellant was remained uninterrupted as alternative measure was made for supply of electricity.
3. That since October, 1999 to February, 2000, the appellant consumed 18240 Units. The photocopy of statement of consumption for the period April, 1999 to April, 2000 is annexed herewith.”
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6. We find force in this affidavit in a measure. The petitioner himself admits that the electricity supply of the premises of the complainants remain uninterrupted as alternate measure was made for supply of electricity. It was also not denied that the complainants had to hire another generator. Respondents/complainants have claimed hire charges at Rs.26,500/-, repairing charges of generator at Rs.28,500/- and amount spent on purchase of diesel oil, lubricants, etc. at Rs.2,46,378.78/- and refund of electric charges from the period starting from November, 1999 to January, 2000 to the tune of Rs.67,831/- and business loss in the sum of Rs.1,25,000/-, total being Rs.4,98,024/-.
7. The finding recorded by the State Commission that the complainants are also entitled to refund of an amount of Rs.67,831/- charged from them as minimum electric charges for the months from November, 1999 to January, 2000 with interest @ 6% p.a. appears to be not correct. The affidavit filed byShri S.S. Rawat, Sub Divisional Officer stating that the complainants consumed 18240 units remains unrebutted on the record. No effort was made to scrub this document of paramount importance. It is, thus, clear that the complainants have used those units as mentioned in the affidavit. They are not supposed to enjoy such a huge units of electricity free of costs. Consequently, we find that the appellants are entitled to charge for those units.
8. Consequently we partly accept the appeal. The petitioner – DHBVNL will not return the above said amount of Rs.67,831/- nor will it pay the interest in the sum of 6%. To that extent the petition stands allowed. However, we find no illegality or infirmity with the order passed in respect of the compensation amount to Rs. 2 lakhs and interest imposed thereon. To that extent, the petition stands dismissed. No costs.