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Fixing of digital meters in autorickshaws to be delayed

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Several measures need to be taken before implementing rule: officials

HYDERABAD: Mandatory installation of digital meters in city autorickshaws will take more time. The authorities had initially set December 1 as deadline to install the meters.

Legal Metrology Department, the implementing and regulating authority for digital meters, is in the process of chalking up modalities to acquire calibration systems, training its personnel on digital meters and acquiring a `suitable' meter so that it can't be tampered with after purchase.

A study group of the Legal Metrology Department, which visited Pune, Chennai and Delhi to study digital meters in January, submitted a report to the State Government according to which a lot of ground still had to be covered before implementing the rule.

65,000 required

According to the report, 65,000 digital meters are required in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts and these many can be procured only after experts from Automotive Research Association of India, Pune and other such agencies select a model.

The group felt that digital meters could also be tampered with and suggested that manufacturers give an undertaking to this effect. Moreover, supply of spare parts and after-sales service is another problem area. Presently, the Legal Metrology Department has only one calibration system for digital meters and all its inspectors are not trained to handle such meters.

`Cannot be hasty'

Controller for Legal Metrology Department R. P. Meena said unless these measures are taken installation of digital meters cannot be taken up. "We cannot be hasty. We need more time to complete the modalities," he said.

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