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HT Live Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Panchkula, June 29, 2013
The Joint Action Committee of around 100 co-operative group housing societies of sector 20 have taken a unanimous decision that they will not allow the power department officials to install single or reference meter on their premises. Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) on January 9 this year had issued a notification where new or existing group housing societies had to choose between single-point supply or reference meter system.

“The matter was also taken up with Panchkula MLA DK Bansal, who has agreed to oppose the decision of the government and stand by us,” Col SK Aggarwal (retd), general secretary of joint action committee said.

In letters addressed to all co-operative group housing societies of sector 20, the joint action committee has urged them to not to allow power department staff to enter the society premises to install single-power meter.

“They may do so on the road at their own peril with no responsibility and accountability of society management,” reads the letter.

It is further stated that if the power department of Haryana still fails to appreciate and understand the resentment of residents they would take further decision to launch a movement against the government.The societies have been asked not to give any consent letter in reply to notices issued to them.    

The issue
As per January 9 notification, notices were issued to societies to choose between single-point supply and reference meter system, but they did not reply. In case of single-point supply, the society would provide individual meters to the dwelling units and will be responsible for metering, billing, collection of charges from individual users, payment of bills and would provide infrastructure such as substations/ transformers within the premises.

In case of installing reference meters, the total energy consumption of electricity recorded as per reference meter would be compared with total power consumption as per individual meter readings.

If the difference is more than 4% or 5%, it would be presumed to be on account of unauthorised use of electricity within the society for which it shall be liable to pay for the difference in energy consumption.