Electricity dept yet to replace defunct meters

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 08, 2014 11:04 IST

Despite the direction issued by the Joint Electricity Regularity Commission (JERC), the electricity department has failed to replace non-functional meters from the city.There are around 10,000 electricity meters which are lying non-functional across the city, while the department has also failed to replace more than 50,000 existing mechanical meters with electronic ones.

The commission had asked the department to replace all mechanical and non-working meters without any delay in May. It had also instructed the department to submit a detailed and complete report, action plan and road map on consumer meter reading and billing category wise, number of consumers having mechanical meters and electronic ones, condition of meters, total meters required and phase wise replacement of defective and mechanical meters.

When contacted, UT superintending engineer MP Singh said they had placed order for new meters and would replace the defective and mechanical meters by next two months.

According to the electricity department officials, the defective and mechanical meters are adding to the losses. The department has been struggling to cut its transmission and distribution (T&D) loss.
As per an affidavit submitted before the commission, the present transmission and distribution losses of the department stand at 15.5%, which it aims to bring down to 15% in the current year. The department has set a target of reduction of losses to 14.5% in 2015-16 and to 14% by 2016-17.

Earlier this year, the commission had directed the department to conduct regular energy audit to substantiate its estimation of transmission and distribution losses and furnish six monthly energy audit reports to the commission. The report of the first six months of the year is to be submitted by November.

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