Firm re­places faulty elec­tric me­ters in Pan­vel and Uran

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Ma­ha­rash­tra State Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany Lim­ited (MSEDCL) has de­cided to re­place me­ters in Pan­vel and Uran talukas.

The of­fi­cials said they were caus­ing rev­enue losses due to lower me­ter read­ings. A to­tal of 32,000 such elec­tric me­ters are ex­pected to be re­placed.

The de­ci­sion has led to fears among the cit­i­zens of higher elec­tric bills. The MSEDCL has said the con­sumers will not be charged more than what they con­sume and that the de­ci­sion has been taken in the in­ter­est of the con­sumers. There are around 2.5 lakh MSEDCL con­sumers in Pan­vel taluka and around 1 lakh in Uran taluka.

Ac­cord­ing to an MSEDCL of­fi­cial, “In 2014, around 32,000 elec­tric me­ters of a par­tic­u­lar com­pany had been in­stalled in Pan­vel and Uran. A few months later, it came to the no­tice of the depart­ment that the me­ters in­stalled are show­ing lower con­sump­tion that the ac­tual elec­tric­ity used by the con­sumers.”

He added, “It was ob­vi­ously lead­ing to losses of crores of ru­pees for MSEDCL. This has led to the de­ci­sion to re­place the me­ters with new ones.”

Of­fi­cials said that over 6,500 me­tres have been re­placed in Pan­vel and Uran so far. Of­fi­cials of Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion re­move il­le­gal hawk­ers from the sta­tion ar­eas such as Talaopali, Dada Patil Wadi, Sub­hash Path and Ashok Talkies on Wed­nes­day.

Girish Mha­tre, a res­i­dent, said: “The me­ters are be­ing changed with­out any no­tice or in­for­ma­tion to the con­sumers.”

He said, “In sum­mer, our elec­tric bills had been nat­u­rally high. We were hop­ing that with the mon­soon set­ting in and heat re­duc­ing, our power bill for July will go down. How­ever, with the new me­tres, the op­po­site could very well hap­pen.”

DB Gosavi, ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer, MSEDCL, Pan­vel, re­it­er­ated that the in­stal­la­tion of new me­tres will not hike elec­tric­ity bills. “They will only pay for as much as they use. Due to the faulty read­ings of the me­ters, MSEDCL has suf­fered losses and that is why this de­ci­sion has been taken,” said Gosavi.

PRAFUL GANGURDE

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