Cost of replacement of defective energy meters for KSEB consumer

(Refer Supply code:117)

(1) If as a result of inspection or testing it is established that the meter has become defective or damaged due to technical reasons such as voltage fluctuation, transients etc. attributable to the licensee, the cost of replacement of the meter shall be borne by the licensee.

(2) If it is established that the meter was rendered defective or damaged due to reasons attributable to the consumer, such as defect in installation of the consumer and connection of unauthorised load by the consumer, the cost of replacement of the meter shall be borne by the consumer as specified below:-

(a) If the meter was owned by the licensee, the licensee shall replace the meter with a correct meter within seven working days and recover from the consumer, the residual cost after deducting the cumulative depreciation from the original cost of the meter;

(b) If the cost of such meter was borne by the consumer, the licensee shall require the consumer to replace the meter and associated equipment at the cost of the consumer within seven working days;

(c) If the consumer fails to replace the meter and associated equipment, the licensee shall install a correct meter and require the consumer to furnish security and start charging meter rent as per the relevant provisions in the Code.

(3) The licensee and the consumer shall take necessary corrective action to avoid such damage in future.

(4) If as a result of testing, it is established that the meter was rendered defective or damaged due to tampering or any other deliberate act by the consumer or his employee or any person acting on his behalf, to interfere with the meter, the licensee shall initiate action against the consumer, as permissible under the provisions of the Act for pilferage, tampering or unauthorised use of electricity, as the case may be.




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