Srinagar: After missing several deadlines, government has set up 2019 deadline for installation of 100 percent electricity metering in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to a recent petition submitted by the Power Development Department to the SERC, it has projected installation of 1147723 metres from 2015 to 2019 in domestic and non-domestic categories of which 202374 have been installed during 2015-2016, and has projected installation of 252537 metres in 2016-2017, 344709 in 2017-2018 and 348103 in 2018-2019.
The department had earlier set up the target of 100 percent metering by 2014 and was later extended to 2015 after failing to meet the deadline.
The PDD has said it had envisaged metering to all its consumers by the end of the FY 2015-16, but the pace of metering has been very slow during the last couple of years due to resource constraints and some bottlenecks.
The JKPDD has revised the metering plan and now proposes to meter to all the consumers by the end of 2018-19. Owing to repeated failure of tendering process, a parallel mechanism for procurement and installation of meters through a central government agency will also be put in place in addition to the procurement through tenders so that the metering process is expedited and completed within three years, the PDD petition says.
A senior PDD official said the installation of meters was to reduce the pilferage of power in transmission and distribution (T&D) process. (PTK)
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