UT power dept fails to install prepaid meters

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 30, 2014 10:33 IST

Failing to comply with the directions of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC), the Chandigarh electricity department has not started installing prepaid meters so far.

In May, the commission had directed the department to start installing such meters within three months.

The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission had given deadline to the electricity department after it had filed a petition seeking extension for implementing the directions pertaining to installing prepaid meters in May.

The department was directed to install prepaid meters following a petition filed by the Industrial Area Tenants Association before the commission.

Earlier, the department was asked to procure prepaid meters within six months from date of order issued on November 20, 2013.

The department was also directed to approve list of manufacturers of prepaid meters and develop software and frame a policy for such meters.

The department was further directed to accept advance consumption demand (ACD) charges from consumers in the form of bank guarantee as per Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission regulations so that they do not face problem of cash crunch while depositing ACD charges.

UT electricity department superintending engineer MP Singh said, “There were some technical problems behind non-compliance of the order. It is a time consuming process and we have to frame all the modalities before installing the meters.”

There are nearly 2.5 lakh electricity connections in the city.

Of them, 1.75 lakh fall in the domestic category. Sources said the electricity department had received applications from a large number of consumers – both commercial and residential — for installation of prepaid meters.

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