To address the huge gap in electricity connections and the consumption of electricity, as reported by Superintending Engineer JPDCL, in District Doda especially during the winter season resulting the frequent unscheduled power cuts, the District Magistrate Doda Vishesh Paul Mahajan has issued some regulations on sale and use of heating gadgets in the District.
It is pertinent to mention here that during winter months excessive use of heating gadgets by some people lead to heavy load on the available electricity causing inconvenience to the general public in the form of unscheduled power cuts. Also as per Govt. order No. 72-PDD of 2018 dated: 27-02-2018 there is already a ban on
Nichrome Coils being used for manufacture of crude water heaters and crude cooking heaters.
The unregulated use of high power consuming electrical gadgets, that too, by such consumers who do not have electricity connections or have not paid their outstanding electricity dues cause inconvenience to the law abiding genuine consumers and institutions dealing with services of emergent nature like patient care etc.
The DM by virtue of powers vested to him under Section 144 of Cr.PC has ordered that the shops / stores carrying on business of electrical and electronic items shall not sell electrical appliances/ items such as heaters, geysers, ACs, etc. to customers who do not have a valid electricity connection or have not paid the last electricity bill. Further the shops / stores who sell electrical appliances / items shall maintain a proper record of such sale and the record of electricity bills of such customers which shall be regularly checked by a special teams. The shopkeepers have been further asked not to sell or store heating gadget using the banned Nichrome Coils.