Injudicious usage of power across various departments- regional offices, Urban Health Centres including Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC)’s HQ, is giving a hard hit on the funds maintained by the Municipal Corporation of western state of Gujarat.
After all the efforts taken by the Municipal Commissioner, the MCD has to pay INR 20 crore per month and INR 250 crore annually as the electricity bill.
The latest increase now takes the effective FPPPA (FUEL & POWER PURCHASE PRICE ADJUSTMENT) charges on power bills to INR 2.50 per unit, leading to additional tariff of INR 270 crore per month from May-June billing cycle. The agricultural users are, however, an exception as the government provides subsidies for the category.
The AMC Commissioner, Lochan Sehra, IAS batch 2002, Gujarat Cadre, who bagged the Best Collector Award for Mehsana and Best DDO Award for Bharuch district, has issued a circular appealing to the employees to use electricity judiciously.
The officers normally arrive around 10.20 am in the morning, but an hour before, the lights, fan, and AC are turned on.
It was also reported that the air conditioners remained on for longer hours even if the officers were not present in their chambers, which led to generating heavier bills.
Municipal Corporation’s Revenue Committee Chairman, Jainik Vakil after discussing with the BJP officials and other agencies, sought a report for the installation of solar panels within the premises of AMC to save maximum electricity.