The domestic, agriculture and industrial electricity consumers can disclose the actual load of consumption under the Voluntary Disclosure Scheme (VDS) of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) by October 4.
The date has been extended for the second time considering response of the consumers. Earlier last date was extended till July 31 from May 31. This scheme was launched on March 1 for all categories of consumers to enable them to get their electrical load extended on the basis of actual connected load.
Nearly 24,000 consumers have applied for extension of the load till July 31.
Rashpal Singh, chief engineer, central zone, PSPCL, Ludhiana, said, "All consumers, including domestic supply (DS), non-residential supply (NRS/commercial), small power (SP), medium supply (MS) and agricultural power (AP), could take benefit of this extended date to disclose their actual load, as not disclosing the actual load and consuming more electricity can invite penalty."
Singh said as many as 23,547 consumers had applied under VDS till July 31, as per PSPCL records. Among these 50,428 kW load was extended for the domestic, commercial and SP connections and 47,728 BHP kW load was extended for the agricultural connections. The scheme remained quite beneficial for the corporation also as they collected nearly `25 crore with disclosure of actual loads of consumers.
The collected funds would help the department replace wires, transformers, upgrade the existing transmission and distribution system to cater to the actual load, Singh said.