Regulatory Commission asks J&K PDD to set new deadline for 100 pc metering
Taking strong objection to the non-serious attitude of the State Power Development Department towards compliance of the directives issued to it, the Jammu and Kashmir State Electricity Regulatory Commission has warned punitive action against the PDD for its inaction and reiterated the instructions on hundred percent metering as well as other measures for improving service quality of the utility.
In its order on True-Up for the Financial Year 2013-14, Annual Performance Review for the FY 2014-15 and Determination of APR and Tariff for FY 2015-16 for the J&K Power Development Department (Distribution), the Regulatory Commission has asked the PDD to set new deadline for achieving 100 percent metering and ensure that supply of electricity to unmetered consumers beyond the stipulated date would be illegal.
“Take all possible measures to adhere to the timeline for achieving 100 percent metering in the State and also to take note of the fact that supply of electricity to unmetered consumers beyond the stipulated date would be illegal in terms of provision of Section 49 (1) of the J&K Electricity Act 2010,” JKSERC said.
While pointing out towards serious deviation from the mandate given by the State Legislature for completion of metering within a period of two years from the date of notification of the J&K Electricity Act 2010, the Commission has also asked PDD to place the fact before the State Legislature for ratification of the extended dead line on achieving 100 percent metering in J&K.
“As 100 percent compliant metering holds key for introducing power reforms in the State in general and more specifically in reduction of extremely high losses, any further delay in achieving the target shall not be in the interest of the State, Utility or the consumers,” the Commission observed.