Power connections to be regularised under Central Electricity Act
Nov 25: To ensure uninterrupted power supply and
bring down power pilferage, the government has decided to ensure strict
enforcement by enabling provisions of Central Electricity Act in the Union
Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
As per an order issued by the Government,
all the Power Distribution Corporations of J&K have been directed to ensure
metering of all industrial and commercial establishments within a period of two
“All industrial & commercial
establishments/general purpose bulk/UT/ Central consumers across the UT of
Jammu & Kashmir shall be metered within a period of two months. There shall
not remain any such establishment consuming power, unmetered”, the order reads.
The officials have been directed to
conduct special drives in their respective jurisdictions to ensure metering and
collection of dues in a time bound manner.
“There are a large number of electrified
households in the UT, without metering and electricity dues are realized on
flat rate basis. A huge power consumption and power theft has been observed in
such cases. Massive enforcement drives shall be launched and physical audit of
each households shall be ensured and load agreement shall be revised in all
such cases based on average power consumption, so as to realize flat rate
revenue based on actual units consumed by households, till such households are
fully metered”, the order further reads.
The concerned officials have also been
directed to ensure stringent punishment to the violators of electricity under
Central Electricity Act.
“All un-authorized power connections
across the Union Territory of J&K shall be regularized under the provisions
of Central Electricity Act. The defaulters, if any, shall also be penalized
stringently under the enabling provisions of the Central Electricity Act”, the
order also reads.
Accordingly, the officials have
also been directed to make concerted efforts for improving the collection and
billing in all such feeders where AT&C losses of more than 50% have been
In an another order, the government has
directed all the controlling officers responsible for Transfer and Posting of
employees of PDD/Corporations/Projects to ensure transfer of overstayed staff
from their current postings within a period of one month.