Digital meters for farm pump sets are for proper accounting of power consumption: Puducherry Electricity Department

The ED said it wanted to assess consumption through the meters rather than depending on horsepower calculations; the installation of meters would not result in a separate bill for farmers, it clarified

Published - October 25, 2023 02:35 pm IST - PUDUCHERRY

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The Puducherry Electricity Department has clarified that the direction to install digital meters for farm pump sets was meant for a proper accounting of power consumed for agriculture purposes.

The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission has directed the Electricity Department to install meters for pump sets to assess consumption, rather than depending on horsepower calculations as is done at present, T. Shanmugam, head of Department said in a communication.

“There will not be any separate bill for farmers. The subsidy amount is being paid to us by the Agriculture Department. That practice will continue even after the installation of the meters,” he said.

The Department needs to have proper data on the power purchased and the quantum sold to various consumers. The metering system for farm pump sets was to enable a proper accounting of the power consumed, he said. 

In a press release, Executive Engineer, South Zone, Rural, R. Selvaraj said the Department was in the process of installing meters at farms in Ariyankuppam, Bahour, Karikkalampakkam, Kirumampakkam, Vadamangalam, Thiruvandarkoil and Kariyanpathoor.

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