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22,000 consumers to be hit by electricity board’s new rules


Readings from old meters to be stopped

Ujjain : At least 22,000 consumers in Ujjain division will be hit by the Madhya Pradesh Vidyut Vitaran company’s decision to do away with readings from old meters and those which are placed inside houses, from the next month.

Such consumers will be sent average bills, the details of which have been sent by the electricity board to Energy Minister Paras Jain.

According to the company, old meters or meters placed inside the houses can easily be tampered with and this was a major reason for power theft.

Electricians of the company have observed that power theft can be done by connecting the main cable with another point directly, and placing a parallel fuse, thus slowing down the speed of the meter considerably. According to the new rules, a meter must be placed on the outer wall of the house at a height of 5 feet and the ‘in’ and ‘out’ lines should be precisely visible.   Executive engineer SK Jain said, consumers should follow rules and people with old meters should prepare for average bills.