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WREDC fastest in installing meters

OUT OF 96,719 un-metered domestic and single light point (SLP) consumers in the jurisdiction of MP Western Region Electricity Distribution Company on April 2005, 87,252 consumers were converted into metered ones by December 2005 making the Company the fastest in installation of meters among the three distribution Companies.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2006 16:02 IST

OUT OF 96,719 un-metered domestic and single light point (SLP) consumers in the jurisdiction of MP Western Region Electricity Distribution Company on April 2005, 87,252 consumers were converted into metered ones by December 2005 making the Company the fastest in installation of meters among the three distribution Companies.

Percentage of un-metered domestic and single light point (SLP) consumers in the jurisdiction of the Company has nose-dived from 5.90 percent to 0.57 percent respectively from April 2005 to December 2005.

Talking to Hindustan Times, MP Western Region Electricity Distribution Company superintending engineer said that installation of meters to un-metered consumers was in the interest of the Company as well as consumers as it would satisfy both of them. He added that installation of meters would pave way for correct assessment of power consumption, which would increase revenue of the Company and mitigate losses.

Thus as the situation stands now, only 9,467 domestic and SLP consumers are yet to be metered. Total number of domestics and SLP consumers in the Company are 16.37 lakh. MP Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC) had maintained during the hearing on installation of meters to un-metered consumers on January 27, 2006 that installation of meters was in the interest of the Company. MPERC asserted that whatever power is consumed it should be metered correctly.

MP Western Region Electricity Distribution Company presented these figures before the MPERC on January 27, 2006. Superintending engineer further said that un-metered SLP rural consumers were charged for 65 units per month while un-metered urban consumers were charged for 100 units per month. But now after installation of meters, correct assessment of power would be made.

Normally consumption of the consumers was more than what they were being charged thus it would pave way for increase in revenue of the Company. Sources in the Company informed, that the total number of consumers in the Company are 24 lakh and out of these 21.42 lakh are metered.

Among them the number of agricultural consumers is 4.66 lakh. Metered agricultural consumers are 2.08 lakh and un-metered agricultural consumers are 2.57 lakh.

First Published: Jan 31, 2006 16:02 IST