Shortage of electricity meters has badly hit power consumers in the city who have been forced to buy it from the market at a cost double what the department charged for the device. Sources said it had been over six months that consumers failed to get meters from the department.
Sources said the UT Administration had made a budgetary provision of around Rs 7 crore for the procurement of material, including electricity meters, last year.
SK Nayar, president, Indian Citizens Forum, said in violation of the direction of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC), the department has restricted the number of approved vendors for supply of single-phase meters to three.
On April 16, 2014, the department approved single-phase meters manufactured by only three companies, Secure Meter, Genus Power Infrastructure Limited and Genus Innovation Limited. Read More