New Power Supply Code from April 1
By Express News Service | Published: 01st February 2014 09:49 AM |
Waiver of security deposit for BPL category consumers for obtaining electricity connection, dedicated feeders for hospitals and defence-related establishments and formal differentiation between ‘power theft’ and ‘unauthorised use’ of electricity are some of the highlights of the new Kerala Electricity Supply Code 2014.
The ‘consumer-friendly’ code which will govern the distribution side was announced by the Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission on Friday and will come into effect from April 1 this year. From April, the consumers will not have to bear the cost of establishing the network for supply if the demand is up to one MW.
But the consumer concerned will have to bear the cost of drawing lines for individual connections.
The above-mentioned concession, however, will not be granted to high-rises, commercial complexes, power intensive industries and industries supplied by dedicated lines. Institutions of public relevance such as hospitals, defence and diplomatic institutions will get dedicated feeders.
This way, they will be exempted from powercuts and loadsheddings and other routine power restrictions. The Commission has also appointed a permanent committee for effecting timely revisions in the code.