Posted On Wednesday, September 05, 2012 at 03:25:43 PM
Civic authorities seem to be experiencing a meter frown situation: while Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is complaining that Maharashtra Electrical Distribution Company Limited’s (MSEDCL) faulty meters are leading to incorrect bills being sent to them, MSEDCL has retaliated saying PMC officials are tampering with the meters they have installed and that they will file FIRs against the latter if need be.
|A bill from MSEDCL to PMC showing ‘zero’ meter reading
MSEDCL provides electric power to the Corporation for street lights, the water supply department, sewage treatment plants (SWP), the garden department, community halls, cultural halls and administration buildings, for which the civic body pays almost Rs 2 crore every month to MSEDCL.
For the last one year, PMC claims MSEDCL has been issuing “average” and faulty electrical bills. Most bills, they say, show zero readings in the meter reading columns.
Interestingly, the meters, 300 in all, come under the Shivajinagar Division of the MSEDCL, of which 90 per cent are for streetlights. The civic body’s electrical department has identified 71 faulty readings made for meters installed for various offices and for street lights. One meter generally represents around 20 street lights.
Deputy engineer of the electrical department R C Salunke told Mirror, “We have found that there are 21 meters in which MSEDCL has been charging average bills, while 50 meters show zero readings on the bills. For the last one year almost, we have been receiving faulty bills from MSEDCL.”
He added, “Now we have appointed an agency to take accurate readings for cross verification. They take photos of the meter readings and forward these to MSEDCL officials. In addition, we have registered complaints with MSEDCL officials.”
Sunil Kesari, head of PMC’s electrical department, said, “This is just harassment. Most of these meters with faulty readings have been installed for street lights.”
Anand Raidurg, executive engineer of the Shivajinagar Division of MSEDCL was surprised to hear about PMC’s irate remarks. He told Mirror, “One month ago, we conducted a joint meeting with PMC officials to sort out this problem.
I don’t know why they are raising an issue that was already solved. Taking cognizance of their complaints, we have replaced the faulty meters and have been taking regular and correct readings.”
He added, “We also found out that corporation employees open the meters without intimation and make changes, which is illegal. The meters are the property of MSEDCL – tampering with them is unlawful and we can file a case with police against the employees who do so.”
► For nearly the last one year, we’ve been receiving faulty bills from MSEDCL
- R C Salunke, Dy Engg, PMC Electrical Dept