JSERC announces moratorium in relief to power consumers

The Jharkhand State Electricity Regulatory Commission (JSERC) has ordered a waiver of monthly fixed charges for all industrial and commercial consumers for the months of April, May and June this year, along with a moratorium of three months for payment of electricity bills that were due between April 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020, without levying any delayed payment surcharge (DPS) for all categories of consumers throughout the state.

In July 2020, the state department of energy had directed that in view of the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown, some relief by way of a three-month moratorium on payment of energy bills along with waiver of fixed charges be allowed to consumers as a special case. Following the energy department’s letter, the JSERC had taken suo motu cognizance and published a general notice, in public interest, inviting comments from Jharkhand Bijli Vitaran Nigam Limited, Damodar Valley Corporation, Tata Steel Limited, Tata Steel Utilities Infrastructure and Services Company Limited, Bokaro Steel and trade and industry bodies.

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