2004 Act had a clause which burdened building owners having both domestic and commercial loads


Dakshina Kannada News:

A septuagenarian’s fight agaElectric shocknst unfair tariff imposition by Escom has resulted in an amendment to a contentious clause in the KERC (Recovery of Expenditure for Supply of Electricity) Regulations 2004 Act. This clause talks about imposition of commercial power tariff rates for power used in common areas for a building with mixed power load if some conditions are not met.This amendment, which has been brought about due to the efforts of James Victor D’Mello, 74, a former council member of the city corporation, is applicable to all such cases in Karnataka.The 2004 Act had a clause which burdened building owners having both domestic and commercial loads. The clause states if the requisition load/ sanctioned commercial load (treating power load as commercial load) is 25% or less than the total combined load of the entire building irrespective of ownership, then it shall be considered as residential building for application of tariff for common area loads and for application of arranging power on HT basis.D’Mello had his building completed in 2015 which had commercial space on the first and the next three floors for residential use.



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