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Substandard meters cause huge loss to state exchequer
Govt fails to fix
12/10/2017 10:48:58 PM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad

Early Times Report
Srinagar, Dec 10: Government has failed to fix the responsibility for installation of sub-standard electricity metres over the years in Jammu and Kashmir that have caused huge loss to the state exchequer.
People of Jammu and Kashmir were complaining of sub-standard meters installed in their homes by the Power Development Department that started developing snags within days. In 2013, the Power Development Department admitted to the State Electricity Regulatory Commission of having procured "poor quality" meters which needed to be replaced.
JKPDD while accepting that one of the lots procured in the past had developed some defects. It clarified that meters were being procured under R-APDRP and other schemes are as per the CEA's latest specifications.
Despite admitting installation of poor quality meters, sources said that government has failed to fix the responsibility for installation of sub-standard meters. "The government said several times that enquiry will be held in installation of sub-standard meters but nothing happened," an official of the PDD said.
The official said that PDD has been replacing the meters with the new ones. "What about those meters which became obsolete within days. Government only made claims that enquiry will be held into this scam but has not be implemented on the ground," sources said.
"There is warranty period for every product. But we fail to understand why the government paid money to company for defective meters," sources said.
The official said that PDD has projected installation of 1147723 metres from 2015 to 2019 in domestic and non-domestic categories of which 202374 have been installed during 2015-2016 and had projected 252537 metres in 2016-2017 but could not achieve the target due to unrest in the valley.
He said the implementation of R-APDRP scheme will facilitate purchase of meters which would help in meeting its targets. A senior official said the installation of meters was an ongoing process to ensure electricity is consumed judiciously. "We are hopeful to complete the installation process within the scheduled time," he said.
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