A petition has been filed with the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) against non-availability of single phase energy meters in Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd. (PSPCL) by Gurnek Brar, a retired PSEB engineer.
THE PRACTICALLY nil stock has directly affected consumer service by way of delay in releasing new connections, delay in replacing defective meters and financial loss to PSPCL due to unrestricted consumption by consumers whose meters are defective.
The shortage/ nil stock position of meters is resulting in direct financial loss to PSPCL, on account of the unscrupulous consumers who purposely damage their meter and avail free supply for months together, knowing that PSPLC would not be able to replace the burnt meter.
Besides resulting in direct financial loss to PSPCL such direct supply would increase the overall T&D loss figure of PSPCL for the year 2012-13. Over the three month period from April to June 2012 the number of pending test reports has increased from 10411 to 27233 which is primarily due to the non availability of single phase meters for releasing new connections. Over 2 lac meters would be required just to clear the key exceptions and for releasing of connections against pending test reports for period ending June.
The pending test reports on June 30 were 27233 and key exceptions relating to metering 176930 As against this backlog of about 2 lac meters, the actual stock position of single phase and three phase meter is 1888 and 2193 on September 7 this year, as per a press release.
There is a serious crisis of shortage of meters, PSPCL failed to get the meters under warrantee period replaced to the extent of 70476 meters (single phase) and 3107 meters (three phase). While this replacement was not ensured it is understood that an emergency order of 35000 meters is under process. PSERC has been requested to issue suitable directions to PSPCL for ensuring availability of meters.