Some Sections to Know
Section 42 (3)
This section primarily gives details on provisions of ‘open access’. If an application is made by a consumer to a distribution licensee for supply of electricity in a particular area, such distribution licensee can request another distribution licensee in the area to provide it a network to wheel electricity to the consumer.
If in a particular area the local authority has its network and it does not permit wheeling of electricity by sharing its network with the other distribution licensee, then another distribution licensee will have to provide electricity from its own network. For this purpose, the licensee has to lay down its network if required in order to supply electricity to a consumer seeking supply. The provision of ‘open access’ empowers consumers with the right to get supply from a company other than the distribution licensee of their area.