3 layouts win case for power supply after 4 yrs

BENGALURU: After a four-year legal battle, there’s light at the end of the tunnel for three residential formed by the Telecom Employees Co-operative in . The high court has ordered that be resumed to the enclaves within three months.

had declined to supply power to the three layouts if the developer didn’t provide a substation and pay development charges.

Justice B Veerappa, however, held that the Bescom directive to the society to provide a substation and pay development charges was contrary to the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (recovery of expenditure for supply electricity charges) Regulations 2004, cited by the utility. The judge noted that as per the cited regulation, the developer/applicant will have to provide space for a substation only in case of layouts/cluster of buildings/building blocks situated on a common plot and where the load is more than 7,500 KVA.

“In the present case, power sanctioned to each of the petitioner-society’s layouts is less than 7,500 KVA, therefore the need to provide space for building the substation and also bear expenses and associated lines/ equipment will not arise,” the judge observed.

The society claimed the layout in Papanahalli area was spread over 91 acres and 10 guntas of land and sanctioned 5,515 KVA power (4,688kw), while the ones at Kundaragere (72 acres and 37 guntas) and Bettanahalli (82 acres and four guntas) had a sanctioned load of 6,322 KVA (5,373kw) and 6,699 KVA (5,694kw), respectively.

According to the petitioner-society, Papanahalli Layout is 2km from Kundaragere Layout. Bettanahalli Layout is 400m from Kundaragere and 2.2km from Papanahalli. The society had contended that after an inspection, the chief general manager (electrical), operations, Bescom had stated that all three layouts had been formed at three different locations and were situated distinctly and separated geographically.

The society had also produced letters issued by the chief general manager, sanctioning power supply to these layouts, one dated September 3, 2012 and the other two March 30, 2013. It had paid Rs 15 lakh towards each layout as supervision charges as per the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (recovery of expenditure for supply electricity charges) Regulations 2004.

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