Staff Reporter

New move to make the Capital a “disciplined metered area”

‘Applicable to all except those against whom enforcement proceedings are pending’

‘Discoms have been requested to convince customers about installation of new meters’

NEW DELHI: Delhi Power Minister A. K. Walia on Thursday announced that an amnesty scheme for electricity consumers in the Capital would be implemented from October 15 to November 15 and would be applicable to all except those against whom enforcement proceedings are pending on the date of voluntary declaration by them.

The Minister announced the dates following a high-level weekly meeting that was attended among others by Principal Secretary (Power), Principal Secretary (Finance) and the Chief Executive Officers of power distribution companies BPYL and BPRL as also senior officials of NDPL.

Dr. Walia urged consumers to come forward and avail themselves of the month-long amnesty scheme by making voluntary disclosures so that Delhi becomes a “disciplined metered area”. He said under the scheme it would be ensured that criminal and legal proceedings are not initiated against the customers who make declaration and pay the requisite charges within the stipulated time period.

In case the declared meter is electro-mechanical, it would be replaced without charging any amount towards penalty and cost of new meter, he said. In cases where the meter is declared or suspected to be tampered with or bypassed, or where an electronic meter had been installed on or after July 1, 2002, the customer would be required to pay the cost of the new meter and an amount equal to the last six months’ bills.

Dr. Walia said he had also asked all three discoms to publicise the scheme that offers a unique opportunity for installation of new meters in cases where they have been stolen, there has been some tampering or where they are non-functional.

Since people in many parts of Delhi had been up in arms against selective load-shedding in the name of curbing power theft, the Minister also directed the discoms to refrain from such measures and to adopt other techniques for bringing down the incidence of power theft.

“The discoms have been requested to convince customers about installation of new meters and have been told to avoid frequent load shedding,” he said.

Dr Walia said the discoms have also been reminded that their basic aim should be to ensure round-the-clock uninterrupted power supply. Stating that the Delhi Government was the sole protector of power consumers, he said, it would take all measures to protect their interests.

The Minister directed the discoms to submit a detailed list of developmental works undertaken during the last five years so that a scientific mechanism of monitoring could be set in motion and also told them to frame the action plans for meeting the power demand during winters, when the demand generally goes up.