Owing to the shortage of new electricity meters stock, Punjab state power corporation limited (PSPCL) is unable to give new electricity connections, adding to the woes of the people.
In Jalandhar circle alone there are five thousand applicants who have been waiting for new electricity connection for over the last two months. They have been making rounds of PSPCL offices but to no avail.
"The problem started since the past two months when companies supplying meters to PSPCL failed to provide the same on time" said SS Sarna, chief engineer of PSPCL north zone. He confirmed that due to this problem application for five thousand new connections are pending.
Sarna told HT that the issue was discussed at length in a meeting with the senior officials, on Saturday, and the problem is likely to be resolved in the next two weeks.
Of the five thousand applications mostly are related to singe phase meters. Sources in PSPCL said this problem is not only limited to the Jalandhar circle alone, but exists all over the state, as PSPCL did not make the purchases in advance as per their overall requirement.
The number of the applicants could be much more, but the officials in Patiala headquarter refused to give the details.
Chief engineer metering Patiala, PK Chadha when contacted asked about the numbers of pending connections in the state refused to give the details saying that the problem would be resolved soon as new purchases are being made.
Sanjiv Sansari , resident of Islamganj said he had applied for a connection on July 19 and had also deposited the requisite security but is yet to get the connection. He said that he had to shift to his new house but it is delaying owing to the PSPCL failure to provide him with a new connection.
Similarly Harbans Singh, resident of Raj Nagar said that he had applied for a new connection in July and despite making continuous rounds to the PSPCL office he is not getting the service.
It is also interesting here to note that PSPCL, that did not buy the meter in advance, has already collected money from the consumers. From each applicant the PSPCL took Rs. 625 for the single face meter. Thus from five thousands applicants in Jalandhar alone it had collected around Rs. 30 lakhs.