KSEB's Standardisation Plan Delays Metering
By Meera Manu | Published: 04th January 2014 09:49 AM |
The capital city needs to wait longer for automatic streetlight control to materialise, with the metering system yet to be put in place. The Kerala State Electricity Board’s (KSEB) decision to create a common platform across the state for metering is delaying the project.
During last year, KSEB had planned to complete the first phase by mid-November in five sections: Puthenchantha, Fort, Vellayambalam, Poojappura and Manacaud. Accordingly, 454 meters had to be installed. The initial announcement was that the entire works in Thiruvananthapuram would be over by December.
“The Electricity Board is introducing a common specification to be put in practice across the state for streetlight metering. Hence, based on those technical specifications, the contractors can manufacture the meters. Tentatively, by March this year, the work related to it would begin,” said a senior KSEB official. Here, a Hyderabad-based firm, Intemo Systems, was given the order to manufacture the meters for phase one. This has been put on hold for now.
An amount of Rs 1.20 crore was deposited by the City Corporation with the KSEB for carrying out the metering in the area coming under it. Metering can bring down the power bill considerably as energy usage will be calculated on the consumption level, instead of on the burning hours that is in practice now. It is when the defunct lamps are also measured on burning hours that the loss happens.
Between 20 and 30 lamps can be brought under a single streetlight control mechanism. Other than the five KSEB sections mentioned above, 741 more locations come under the Thiruvananthapuram division. Earlier, the City Corporation had demanded that the streetlight metering should be done first, as it had already paid the money for that, and then start the repair works on the faulty lights. But when protest mounted from various corners the civic body had to budge and it has now given the task of streetlight maintenance to private contractors based on the KSEB sections, but some areas are yet to get takers.