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PSPCL seeks admn help to shift power metres out of consumers’ premises

BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) members said that they are not pro­mot­ing power theft and opposing shifting of metres but, as per rule, the dis­play of me­tre read­ing should be in­side the premises of consumers.

punjab Updated: Jul 27, 2017 16:04 IST
Avtar Singh
Avtar Singh
Hindustan Times, Sangrur
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The corporation has shifted power metres outside the premises of consumers in several cities, towns and villages. (HT Photo)

The Pun­jab State Power Cor­po­ra­tion Limited (PSPCL) is going to start a drive in the district to shift elec­tric­ity me­tres out­side the premises of the consumers. The officials of the PSPCL are holding meetings with the district administration and seeking the support of the police in their drive.

The corporation has shifted power metres outside the premises of consumers in several cities, towns and villages, but still there are many villages such as Lehragaga, Sunam, Cheema and Dirba where it failed to shift them due to opposition of farmer unions.

Power officials said that they had written to the SSP for police support in April and, on Tuesday, they held a meeting with deputy commissioner Amar Partap Singh Virk to initiate the drive. They told the deputy commissioner that Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugra­han) lead­ers do not al­low PSPCL of­fi­cials to shift me­ters out­side the premises.

Su­per­in­tend­ing en­gi­neer, PSPCL San­grur, Deven­der Pal Grewal, said, “Even though we are regularly conducting raids to stop power theft, it is very important to shift electricity metres out of consumers’ premises . When our teams go to villages, activists of farmer unions oppose them and do not allow them to shift meters.”

Amid the protest of farmer and labourer unions, the shift­ing of elec­tric­ity me­tres is a big chal­lenge be­fore the PSPCL and sometimes the situation turns ugly.

“We have informed the administration and the police about our drive. As they will provide us security, we will initiate our drive,” said Grewal.

How­ever, members of the BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) said that they are not pro­mot­ing power theft and opposing shifting of metres but, as per rule, the dis­play of me­tre read­ing should be in­side the premises of consumers.

“We will oppose their act and would not al­low the PSPCL to shift me­tres as the de­ci­sion is wrong. They should provide transparency and display of metre reading to consumers inside theri premises,” said, Dilbag Singh, district vice-president, BKU (Ugrahan).

“The PSPCL gives con­tract to pri­vate firms and the contractors install 20 metres in a box. As per the rule, they should install one metre in a single box. These rules should be strictly implemented,” Dilbag added.

First Published: Jul 27, 2017 16:04 IST