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Home News Power Sector News Open access tussles- Private discoms battles over meters in Mumbai

Open access tussles- Private discoms battles over meters in Mumbai

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MumbaiRecently introduced distribution open access in mumbai is creating lot of confusion to consumers as private discoms , Reliance Infra and Tata Power, are confusing customers with regard to their power meters. Reliance has now allowed Tata--as is mandatory under the open-access system--to use its wires to supply electricity to consumers who want to shift to Tata. But it has objected to Tata replacing their meters while doing so.  This has left consumers confused over the switch-over. Power consumers have a right to buy electricity meters of their choice after testing them with the authorities.

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) will now have to sort out the matter and a hearing is likely soon.

Reliance points out that open-access rules say the network owner's (in this case Reliance's) responsibility includes meter-reading, meter-testing, maintenance, replacement and prevention of theft and that is why it cannot allow Tata to intrude on its responsibilities. MERC insiders say this is true; further investment by the new power-provider in wiring and metering may add to the consumers' bills.

But Tata officials claim regulations stipulate the end-supplier (in this case Tata) is also responsible for providing meters. Tata's official stand on this is that if the meters are retained by Reliance, there may be difficulty in downloading the data from the meters and analysing them. Hence they need to be removed. Tata has also said bills would be raised by it and, therefore, it should have the responsibility and ownership of meters.

Tata also wants a right of disconnection and reconnection of supply for non-payment of bills but Reliance says it will carry out disconnection after intimation from Tata Power.

Source - Indian Express

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