As per A P Electricity Reforms Act, it is said that, there no provision for levying and collecting fuel surcharge adjustment. A P Electricity Regulatory Commission did proposed to scrap the same altogether but, allowed the same
It is shocking to read that, APERC allowed the companies to collect in July 2013 the FSA components of January 2011 and October 2012 respectively and in August and September, 2013 will have FSA’s of February and March, 2011 and November and December, 2012, at the rate per unit of Rs.0.55 paise for 2011 quarter and Rs. 1.22 paise for last quarter of 2012.
No doubt that, the consumers have to pay heavy power bills during the next four months. In the bill there FSA period and amount mentioned but, there is no mention of number of units. There is a doubt in every body’s mind that, the FSA calculation made for the periods may be incorrect. The consumers are put to hardship and dilemna, in calculating the number of units for the said period to know how much extra amount payable as FSA charges in the coming bills.
Because of FSA charges, the most affected are the apartment associations. The common electricity bills shoot up heavily and due to moderate fixed monthly maintenance charges being collected from the inmates, most of are unable to pay the monthly power bills. The managing committee members have to shell down amount from their pockets and pay the bill. Due to certain clauses in the A P Apartment Act, there is problem in enhancing the monthly maintenance charges and penalise the defaulters (wanted).
If the government really wants to provide permanent relief to the power consumers in the state from the additional financial burdern placed on them in the form of FSA, it should propose only moderate hike in electricity tariff once in a year or two.