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The Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) has rejected North Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited’s (NBPDCL) petition for exoneration of charges and waiving of penalty imposed on it in the order dated April 30, 2015. In the previous order, BERC imposed a penalty of Rs 50,000 on NBPDCL and of Rs 1,000 each on erring officials for keeping the complaint petition of an electricity consumer unaddressed for a long period and for not complying with the commission’s earlier directives. In the present order, the Commission stated that under section 142 of the Electricity Act, 2003, and provisions under serial no. 23 of the BERC (Standards of Performance of Distribution Licensee) Regulations, 2006, there is a provision for a penalty of an amount not exceeding Rs 100,000 for non-compliance with orders/directions of the commission and in case of continuing failure, with an additional penalty which may extend to Rs 6,000 for every day during which failure continues. However, BERC took a lenient view of the matter and imposed a lesser penalty on NBPDCL. Further, the commission stated that NBPDCL did not submit any ground for seeking review of the commission’s previous order and hence. the review petition was dismissed.
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