Vashi circle has 10 per cent shortfall of power meters, reveals RTI

NAVI MUMBAI: There is a shortfall of around 10% of the electricity meters installed in the Vashi circle of Maharashtra State Electricity DistributionCompany Limited (MSEDCL). This was revealed currently in an RTI report. This shortfall is apparently not being filled for at least two years, leading to an average amount stated in electricity bills that are being issued to consumers without proper meters.

“There are a total of 2.45 lakh regular consumers of MSEDCL (see box) in Vashi circle, which comprises Vashi, Koparkhairane and Airoli sections. However, due to the 10% less electricity meters here, the consumers are not getting precise monthly bills. This is not good for the state government, as it is likely that the average power bills printed each month is lesser than the actual power consumed,” said the RTI activist Anarjit Chauhan.

He added that it is also gathered through the RTI response of MSEDCL, there have been a total of 179 power thefts reported in Vashi circle in the last two years while the minimum power transmission loss was at Koparkhairane (6%-10%).

“While MSEDCL has formed flying squads to check on power thefts and meter tampering, it must ensure that all its consumers get valid meters in order to pay the precise amount for the electricity consumed by them. Absence of a meter can lead to a lot of malpractices,” added the activist.

The Vashi based MSEDCL additional engineer, A Andhare, said, “While there is a genuine shortfall of meters in the circle, our officials are doing their best to gauge power consumption and billing accordingly. The new meters are being issued by our Mumbai headoffice to various circle areas across the state. Every month we distribute new electricity meters to our consumers.”

However, many feel that more and better meters are required. “We have been told that the new meters are sub-standard. Also, there are several instances of power thefts taking place in the gaothan regions of Koparkhairane and Ghansoli,” said another city activist, Vaibhav Sawant.



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