UPPCL to introduce new system to issue electricity connections
Getting power connection may become easier in the state with the UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) planning to introduce a new system, similar to that of applying for a passport, to enable people to get an online appointment to complete formalities.lucknow Updated: May 17, 2018 12:49 IST
Getting power connection may become easier in the state with the UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) planning to introduce a new system, similar to that of applying for a passport, to enable people to get an online appointment to complete formalities.
Principal secretary (energy) and UPPCL chairman Alok Kumar on Wednesday asked officials to chalk out a plan and introduce such a scheme within a month.
Presiding over a meeting with officials, Kumar said getting a passport was a tedious job earlier but under the new system one could get it easily. “An applicant is given a fixed date to reach the passport office to fulfil formalities after filing an online application,” he said.
“The same system should be introduced in issuing electricity connection so that people do not have to take rounds of offices,” Kumar said.
He asked the officials to introduce the new system in the first phase in cities where passport service was already available.
Kumar also directed for setting up of a consumer cell at Shakti Bhawan to study and analyse consumer grievances received from various sources. Superintending engineer RN Singh has been appointed nodal officer of the cell.
He asked the officials to collect mobile numbers of all the consumers in 16 nagar nigams to start sending SMS alerts to them in case of power breakdown.
GET NOD BEFORE INSTALLING SMART METERS, UPERC TELLS UPPCL
The electricity regulator has applied brakes to the UP Power Corporation Ltd’s (UPPCL) move to install smart meters in the state asking it to first get the rollout plan approved before going ahead with the scheme.
The UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) on Wednesday sent a letter to UPPCL managing director Arpana U in this regard after UP Rajya Vidyut Upbhokta Parishad raised questions over the plan of discoms to install smart meters.
In its order, UPERC said as per the provisions of the Central Electricity Authority and Tariff Policy, 2016, approval of a rollout plan for smart meters was mandatory.
In his petition to the UPERC, president of UP Rajya Vidyut Upbhokta Parishad Avadhesh Kumar Verma had said that the rules were clear that in the first phase, smart meters should be installed at the premises where monthly power consumption was more than 500 units. In the second phase, meters should be installed at premises with more than 200 units a month, he added.
“But the UPPCL is going to install 40 lakh meters in various cities including Lucknow and Varanasi without following tariff policy guidelines,” he said.