Power staff in UP continue to enjoy unmetered electricity

By hindustan times

LUCKNOW Even as the Centre’s proposed scheme seeks 100% metered supply for all consumers to help discoms overcome losses, around one lakh power personnel and pensioners in Uttar Pradesh continue to get unmetered and unlimited supply of electricity that remains unaccounted for, said officials dealing with the issue.

The Electricity Act, 2003, already prohibits unmetered supply of power to any consumer.

“All the efforts by the state government and the UP Power Corporaion Ltd (UPPCL) management as well as repeated orders by the UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) have failed to convince or force power employees to install energy metres in their houses,” a senior energy department official said.

The UPERC recently sought a status report from the UPPCL on the number of power employees in whose houses meters have been installed before it admitted and approved the latter’s annual revenue requirement (ARR) proposal for 2021-22. The corporation had no reply to the question.

“We sought information on the number of power personnel who have been connected to metered supply so far but they did not give any direct reply,” said RP Singh, UPERC chairman.

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