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Soon, no power for rural consumers without meter

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, December 11, 2012
First Published: 12:08 IST(11/12/2012) | Last Updated: 12:10 IST(11/12/2012)

The UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) may soon start installing energy meters on the premises of its village consumers as a part of its wider strategy to bring about a financial turnaround in the power sector.

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At a meeting called on Monday, chief secretary Jawed Usmani suggested that UPPCL officials start installing meters in villages in phases.

It was pointed out that supplying electricity without meters to consumers in villages caused huge losses to the UPPCL since consumers only pay a monthly fixed tariff irrespective of the amount of electricity used.

Usmani asked officials to come to him with a detailed plan later this week, incorporating suggestions mooted during the meeting, for improvement in the power sector. The UPPCL had given presentation to him about the plan twice last month.

The UPPCL officials, in their presentation, said an effective implementation of the revised accelerated power development and reform programme (R-APDRP) in the targeted towns would help contain losses and improve consumer services.

They added the corporation had an ambitious plan for automation and computerisation of functions to better results.

The corporation, they said, also had a plan to put in place an effective mechanism to conduct accounting of energy supplied from 33 kv sub-stations to the consumers.

Sources said the UPPCL had already given an undertaking to the UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) with regard to installation of meters at all consumer houses within next few years. “The Electricity Act, 2003 also prohibits ‘ummetered’ power supply to any category of consumers,” the source said.

The energy task force (ETF), at its meeting to be chaired by the chief secretary here on Tuesday, is expected to clear some important proposals related to power transmission projects. They include setting up new transmission sub-stations and construction of transmission lines.


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