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Meter repairs burn a hole in consumers’ pockets

punjab Updated: Oct 27, 2016 13:36 IST
Harvinder Kaur

A view of electricity meters outside the residence at a colony in Jalandhar on Wednesday.(Sikandar Singh Gupta/HT)

From past one and a half year, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has been working on replacing conventional meters with electronic ones.

PSPCL took power meters out of the houses for convenience of the department.

Consumers have questioned the current system of PSPCL under which they are made to pay money in case of any kind of default.

Under the meter pillar box set up, electric meters of many households are being installed outside the houses, collectively in one box.

Under the setup the number of meter set up will vary from place to place. The meter boxes are put in the ratio of 1x1, 4x1 and 20x1.

Punjab State Power Corporation Limited has been setting up the meter pillar box and locking the boxes to avoid any kind of power theft.

It is to be mentioned that PSPCL also charge meter rent from consumers. The consumers have been paying from their pocket in case of any repair or damage of the said meters.

The meters were being replaced under Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Project (APDRP).

The aim of the process was to keep a check on power distribution and losses occurring during the passage of transformation. When HT approached officials at PSPCL zone, they informed that in most of the cases of default in power meters, consumers voluntarily pay fine.

Consumers pay without even inquiring whether default is due to technical problem or due to over loading, said an official. It is a problem on consumer’s part, said the official.

“As electricity is important, people do not waste time in inquiring about problems,” informed an official.

Officials have made it clear that in case there is any technical fault due to which problems occur in meters, consumers are not supposed to pay for the same.