Charging the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) with malpractices, which, he said, were having an adverse affect on the lives of the public, Punjab cabinet minister and BJP leader Anil Joshi held a demonstration outside the office of chief engineer, PSPCL, to protest against the delay in installing electricity meters in the residences in Vrindavan Gardens colony on the Amritsar bypass.
Joshi, who summoned the chief engineer, PSPCL, has given him a week’s time to install electricity meters in the locality, failing which he has warned of joining hands with the residents to stage a protest against the PSPCL officials, besides lodging a complaint against them with the higher ups in the Punjab government.
Talking about the problem prevailing in Vrindavan Gardens, Joshi said he had visited the area, which was under his constituency, a few days ago and found that the PSPCL was yet to install electricity meters in a number of residences despite the fact that a majority of the residents had obtained the NOCs.
“Nowadays NOCs are not required. However, there a number of people there who have obtained NOCs. Still the PSPCL officials have not installed electricity meters there,” he said. He added that some of the residents had got their meters installed by making a payment for the same.
“The matter was brought to the notice of the PSPCL officials, who said that the meters would be installed here, but that did not happen,” Joshi added. He charged the PSPCL with sending inflated electricity bills to the residents of the city.
“Besides holding a demonstration with the residents, I shall convey all their malpractices to the higher ups in the government if they do not clean up their act soon and install meters here at the earliest,” said Joshi.
PSPCL chief engineer (border zone) NK Gandhi said the matter was in his notice. He added that a majority of the area was unapproved because of which it was taking time to fulfill all the formalities required for installing meters there.
“In case of unapproved colonies, colonisers do not provide the system for installing electric meters. The PSPCL has to install these systems. Besides this, a lot of other formalities are to be fulfilled,” he said. “The meters would soon be installed here,” he said.