Chamber president N Jegatheesan stated that commercial establishments have been pushed to a point of no return without any activities due to the lockdown. “With great difficulties and restraints, the owners of these units have been disbursing the wages of their employees, remitting electricity dues, the interest of bank loans, and other dues. Their survival is at stake,” he said.
They have made an appeal to waive property tax, professional tax, drainage tax, water tax, and other periodical taxes and fees payable by them. This is expected to rescue them from impending permanent closure and sustain heavy investment loss in the process.
The chamber also pointed out that the said establishments are high tension (HT) electricity consumers using more than 112 KVA power and pay Fixed Demand Charges (FDC). Based on a petition, the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) ordered that they could pay 20% of FDC during the lockdown period.
However, Tangedco appealed against this order and obtained a stay from the electricity tribunal in New Delhi, Jagadeesan added. “This has forced the payment of the full FDC every month to avert power disconnections by obtaining loans, thereby pushing these establishments into severe financial strain,” he said.