The Chandigarh electricity department faced the ire of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for its failure to submit a report and action plan on consumer meter reading and billing.
Taking a serious view of the non-compliance of its order, the commission issued a warning to the department and directed it to be careful and ensure that it complies with orders and directions of the commission without fail.
In an order issued in December last year, the commission had asked the department to submit a report and the action plan on consumer meter reading and billing by June 30. In an affidavit submitted before the commission, the department held that the fire at the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) building in Sector 17 was responsible for the delay.
NIELIT generates bills for the department every two months and maintain all the records, which was damaged when its building collapsed due to the fire.
The department pleaded before the commission that data required to file the report was not readily available and it required more time.
Unhappy with the reply, the commission observed that the department could have collected the facts and figures from the back-up data available at Delhi office of NIELIT.
The commission stated: “The department took a false plea for non-compliance of directions issued by this Commission.”
The commission also asked the UT secretary, power, to personally ensure that the department submitted a detailed and complete report, action plan and road map on consumer meter reading and billing category wise, the number of consumers, mechanical meters etc. before November 3. In all, meters of around 10,000 consumers are not functional, while around 50,000 mechanical ones need to be upgraded. UT superintending engineer MP Singh said that they would prepare a report at earliest and would submit it to the commission.