The scheme was launched to avoid prolonged litigation and to settle long-pending court cases. The cases can be settled in the Lok Adalat being held regularly at all the district headquarters.
    
The scheme would be applicable for cases pending in courts, District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, State Commission and Arbitration as on February 28, 2013, a spokesman of the DHBVN said on Sunday.
    
However, the cases already settled/decided will not be re-opened and the scheme will not be applicable to the cases which have been decided in favour of Nigam.
    
However, the cases disposed off on the jurisdiction ground will be treated as pending cases if the consumer had gone to the civil court, the spokesman said.
    
He said that all such disputes where penalties have been levied can be settled under the scheme provided the consumer pays a reduced amount of 50 percent of the amount initially assessed, along with interest at the rate of 12 percent.
    
Disputes on account of levy of development charges are also covered under the scheme.

(Agencies)

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