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Jammu and Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited asked to submit plan for 100% consumer metering

Last Updated on October 19, 2022 at 1:40 pm

Jammu Power Distribution Corporation Limited (JPDCL) and Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL) have been directed by the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh to submit an Action Plan for 100% consumer metering within two months.

 It has been noticed by JERC that in JPDCL and KPDCL areas, unmetered consumers are present in domestic, commercial and public lighting groups. For domestic category, almost 80% and 40% consumers are still unmetered in KPDCL and JPDCL areas respectively, as per Daily Excelsior.

Commission also instructed that as the licensees have informed that they are in the process of implementing smart pre-paid meters in their areas under Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS), the same should be targeted to be implemented in unmetered consumer categories on priority basis and added that there are few consumers in public street lighting category who are still un-metered as such the licensees should install meters in public street lighting category and convert them into metered category.

Moreover, the Commission has asked the utilities to conduct feeder-wise energy audit and consumer indexing for estimating the Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) loss level and subsequently developing holistic loss reduction plan.