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Power meter testing drive launched in Capital

Staff Reporter

A detailed report would be prepared and readied by Monday


  • Bureau of Indian Standards has cleared three brands of meters
  • `Out of 256 meters checked only one was found running fast'
  • `Several houses bills were more due to power leakage'

    NEW DELHI: Accusing some residents' welfare associations (RWAs) of being "politically motivated" in their protest against the Delhi Government's much-hyped electronic power meter testing drive that began on Saturday, State Power Minister Haroon Yusuf claimed that the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) after stringent testing procedures has cleared the three brands of meters being used by the private power distribution companies and there was no need to question the accuracy of electronic meters.

    Informing that by 3 p.m. on Saturday, the various teams that fanned out in different areas checked 256 meters, the Minister said of these, only one was found running fast at Kamla Nagar in North Delhi, being supplied power by the New Delhi Power Limited (NDPL). Interestingly, one tampered meter was found running slow at Vasant Kunj in South West Delhi. A detailed report of Saturday's drive would be prepared and readied only by Monday. Consumers whose meters were found running fast would be refunded their previous bills and those caught stealing power would be severely penalised, he added.

    Faulty wiring

    Urging all power consumers to get their earth, neutral wires and internal house wiring checked as faulty wiring or connection could lead to consumers paying more, Mr. Yusuf said teams lead by Sub-Divisional Magistrates and accompanied by members of RWAs, independent electrical engineers and meter experts inspected meters in at least eight districts.

    "Though there are reports of some RWAs expressing their dissatisfaction over the drive that will be looked into, there are certain politically motivated RWAs that are working against the Government and does not want the drive to succeed." Mr. Yusuf was reacting to reports of power consumers and RWAs in several city areas including Nankpura, Okhla, Mayur Vihar, Kamla Nagar, Kotla Mubarakpur and Rajendra Nagar not being satisfied with the meter checking drive. People also complained about checking teams not having experts or independent observers to overlook the drive, while several RWAs refused to acknowledge that drive had taken place in their areas and wanted the Government to reintroduce mechanical meters in order to ensure consumers' welfare.

    Informing that the Delhi Government's drive will continue till September after which the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) would launch the drive from October 1 to December 31, Mr. Yusuf said during the drive it was found that in several houses bills were more due to power leakage

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