CONSUMERS COMPLAINING shortage of new electronic meters with the MP Central Region Power Distribution Company (MPCRPDC), Bhopal would have to wait even longer before new meters are installed.
The electronic-meter-scarcity has been caused mainly because an entire lot of 20000 meters that had arrived some months back has been rejected. As per norms, the Central Power Research Institute (CPRI), Bhopal, a Union Government Undertaking located near BHEL, had tested the new meters. None of the randomly selected samples were found up to the mark.
Subsequently, the entire lot was discarded and sent back to the supplier company. The company, HPL Sokomac of Ghaziabad (UP), had supplied the defective meters and now MPCRPDC officials have directed it to supply fresh meters all over again, well placed sources in the MPCRPDC told Hindustan Times today. They added if the new stock were also not cleared by CPRI, some other company would be given the order.
The same company had supplied electronic meters to the MPSEB earlier too and they had passed the test conducted by the CPRI. This time, however, the entire stock was rejected, sources said.
Meanwhile, MPCRPDC, for purchasing new electronic meters, has also issued tender notices inviting prospective suppliers. `` The tenders would be opened on June 30 and subsequently new electronic meters would be purchased,’’ MPCRPDC CMD Suraj Shivpuri said. He, however, added the entire process of placing orders, buying new meters, and finally installing them could indeed take long.
He confirmed the earlier stock of meters was substandard. `` CPRI had rejected the 20000 electronic meters as they did not pass the prescribed test standards,’’ Shivpuri admitted.
Nevertheless, the CMD asserted the meter shortage issue was being blown out of proportion. `` There is a shortage of hardly about 500 electronic meters and we are taking steps to bridge that too soon,’’ Shivpuri maintained.
The MPCRPDC is installing electromechanical meters, which were in prevalence for decades before the electronic ones arrived, at new connections even as electronic meters are also being collected from wherever possible. `` We have already managed to retrieve almost 5000 electronic meters from our various offices,’’ Shivpuri claimed.