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`Public should also be heard'

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE Sept. 13. Tariff revision hearings too had to involve the public, the Consumer Rights Education and Awareness Trust (CREAT) has said. CREAT's reaction comes in the wake of a Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. (KPTCL) suggestion to the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) that in the case of tariff review petitions, only "expert opinions/objections should be heard". This, CREAT said, was unfair as "consumers have to be given an opportunity to put forth their views irrespective of its quality before the KERC, before a decision is taken to review the tariff". It may be noted that the KERC is at present deliberating on a review petition from KPTCL which seeks to raise around an extra Rs. 550 crore through a tariff hike. Besides, the law made it the commission's duty to "hear the voice of the consumer before passing a final tariff order," CREAT added. To contact CREAT, call 3357280/3403170.

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