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Consumers spared of meter cost

india Updated: May 13, 2011 02:00 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Gurgaon. electricity

Electricity consumers will no longer need to buy meters on their own as the power distribution company Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has procured more than one lakh device to be installed at their premises.

Earlier, the subscribers needed to purchase meters from market due to non-availability of the device with the DHBVN. The discom has given a contract to Larsen and Toubro to provide 1.25 lakh and 40,000 single-phase and three-phase meters respectively.

“The meters which we have received are unique as they are of very high quality and have been tested by a third party,” said SK Sachdeva, the chief general manager (operations), Delhi.

He said: “Previously we used to get low-quality meters with no third party testing them. This time we have procured these new high calibre meters at a low cost with NABL (Gujarat) testing them.”

The DHBVN has bought these meters at a cost of R1000 (single- phase) and R2100 (three-phase). The Discom is planning to replace two lakh faulty and six lakh electromechanical meters with electronic meters at the cost of R140 crore this year.

The company will also spend R150 crore towards improvement of metering system and R20 crore on meters for new consumers. This expenditure is part of the R850 crore plan to improve and strengthen the power distribution system in the city.