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Bescom told to pay compensation

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BANGALORE: In a landmark ruling, the Karnataka Regulatory Commission, has ordered Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) to compensate Environment Support Group (ESG) for damages to the tune of Rs 39,935.

The amount has to be compensated by Bescom within 90 days from the date of the order (January 8). The Commission passed this order suo moto on the basis of a letter from ESG demanding compensation for extensive damage to its computer network caused by a high voltage spike on June 2 last year.

ESG demanded this compensation on grounds that Bescom had failed in its obligation as a supplier of electricity to provide power that was free form damage and within the regulated voltage stream.

In particular, it said that Bescom had not taken due precautions to keep power lines free from interference and danger and as a result neglected the pruning of a coconut front, which fell on the power lines causing the surge. This surge led to extensive damage to ESG's electrical and computer installations, causing a total damage to the tune of Rs 32,935, according to KERC release.

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