WBSEB incurs Rs 15 crore loss due to excess load factor rebate

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Kolkata, Apr 13 (UNI) The West Bengal State Electricity Board (WBSEB) has sustained a loss of approximately Rs 15 crore due to various irregularities, including incorrect computation of the load factor, wrong classification of consumers and undue benefits to consumers.

The Comptroller and Auditor General's (CAG) report for the fiscal 2006-07, which was tabled in the Assembly recently, stated that the WBSEB had provided excess benefits to consumers to the tune of Rs 8.92 crore.

''Between July 2004 and December 2006, the Board allowed excess load factor rebate of Rs 8.92 crore to five High Voltage (HV) and Extra High Voltage (EHV) consumers by incorrectly computing the load factor on lower maximum demand instead of higher contractual demand,'' the CAG report stated.

Scrutiny of five HV and EHV centralised bulk consumers with contractual demand/sanctioned load of 9,000 to 29,000 KVA revealed that by determining Load Factor (LF) on the basis of maximum demand recorded during each month instead of contract demand, the Board had allowed excess LF rebate.

Besides, the Board failed to classify its consumers according to their connected load and nature of business, which led to the loss of Rs 3.58 crore revenue.

It was noticed that the Group Electric Supply offices did not take any step for conversion of category of 45 consumers to bulk category and continued to raise bills at low and medium voltage rate of tarrif, which led to loss of Rs 2.43 crore revenue upto March 2007.

Moreover, the Board allowed undue benefit of Rs 2.50 crore to a consumer on account of excess concession.

The Board allowed undue concession of Rs 4.84 crore towards the increased energy consumption of the Hindusthan National Glass and Industries Ltd (HNGIL) for 24.96 million units from April 2001 to June 2004, against the admissible concession of Rs 2.34 crore, thereby leading to loss of Rs 2.50 crore revenue.

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