PSPCL rapped for 5.5 lakh me­ters off the premises

TAR­IFF OR­DER Power reg­u­la­tor di­rects the cor­po­ra­tion to file a com­pli­ance re­port by Sept 30; also flags use of elec­tro-me­chan­i­cal me­ters in vi­o­la­tion of reg­u­la­tions of the cen­tral elec­tric­ity au­thor­ity

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTPUNJAB - Gur­preet Singh Nib­ber gur­preet.nib­ber@hin­dus­tan­

CHANDIGARH The Pun­jab State Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (PSERC) has given the Pun­jab State Power Cor­po­ra­tion (PSPCL) a rap on its knuck­les for fail­ing to shift as many as 5.47 lakh elec­tric­ity me­ters out­side the premises of the con­sumers.

The reg­u­la­tor has asked the cor­po­ra­tion to file a com­pli­ance re­port by Septem­ber 30.

In its tar­iff or­der for the fi­nan­cial year 2020-21 an­nounced on June 1, the power reg­u­la­tor noted that the me­ters on the con­sumers’ premises were prone to tam­per­ing and they are one of the con­tribut­ing fac­tors for dis­tri­bu­tion losses.

In its tar­iff or­der is­sued last year, the com­mis­sion had given the PSPCL the Novem­ber 26 dead­line to shift all the me­ters out to the pil­lar boxes or the poles out­side the con­sumers’ premises.

As per the PSPCL fig­ures, the state has nearly 92 lakh power con­nec­tions of which 13.5 lakh are of agri­cul­ture tube­wells and 70 lakh are do­mes­tic. The rest are in the in­dus­trial and com­mer­cial sec­tors.

From Jan­uary 1 to De­cem­ber 1, 2019, 1.25 lakh elec­tro-me­chan­i­cal me­ters were shifted out in the state un­der the in­te­grated power devel­op­ment scheme, Deen Dayal Upad­hayay Gramin Jy­oti Yo­jana and re­struc­tured ac­cel­er­ated power devel­op­ment and re­forms pro­gramme.

In an un­der­tak­ing given to the PSERC be­fore fi­nal­i­sa­tion of the an­nual tar­iff, the cor­po­ra­tion had as­sured that work of shift­ing me­ters will be com­pleted by March 2020, but de­tails on this are awaited. The process of shift­ing of me­ters out of the con­sumers’ premises started in 2007 on pi­lot pro­ject ba­sis and losses were brought down from up to 80% to 12 %.

Bhupin­der Singh, a re­tired deputy chief en­gi­neer of PSPCL, said he led the pi­lot pro­ject in 2007 and on its ba­sis a loan of ₹2,500 was sanc­tioned by the ru­ral elec­tri­fi­ca­tion cor­po­ra­tion to start shift­ing of me­ters across the state. “Un­til 2012, the pro­gramme was car­ried at a good pace but it lost steam in 2013-14,” he said.

“We are shift­ing me­ters in a phased man­ner. There is re­sis­tance from the con­sumers to new me­ters in some ar­eas. We hope to com­plete the process soon,” said PSPCL di­rec­tor (dis­tri­bu­tion) DIPS Gre­wal.


As many as 4.36 lakh me­ters fit­ted with out­dated elec­tro-me­chan­i­cal tech­nol­ogy are also wait­ing to be re­placed with elec­tronic me­ters. The elec­tro-me­chan­i­cal me­ters are still in use in vi­o­la­tion of the me­ter­ing reg­u­la­tions of the cen­tral elec­tric­ity au­thor­ity and the state power reg­u­la­tor. “The util­i­ties in other parts of the coun­try are con­tem­plat­ing smart me­ter­ing but the PSPCL is still con­tin­u­ing with ob­so­lete tech­nol­ogy of elec­tro-me­chan­i­cal me­ters,” said the power tar­iff of June 1.

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