Patna, April 26: The power distribution companies, buoyed by consumers’ response to the voluntary declaration of load scheme introduced in July 2013, have announced the extension of the plan till September 2014.
Under the scheme, consumers would be able to assess their load and make hassle-free application to increase in the electricity load of their premises.
“Both the distribution companies — North Bihar Power Distribution Company Ltd and South Bihar Power Distribution Company Ltd — have received good response from the consumers vis-à-vis increasing their load. Hence, the companies have decided to extend the scheme by another six months. The scheme would now continue till September 2014. The scheme, which was introduced in July last year, came to an end in March this year,” a North Bihar Power Distribution Company Ltd senior official told The Telegraph.
All types of consumers except high-tension ones can get their load enhanced under the scheme. According to the scheme, users can make a self-assessment of their consumption by calculating the load of various electrical equipment and submit a declaration form along with the required fee. Sources said the company has notified a list giving details of power consumption (in watts) by electrical equipment and devices.
“The load would be automatically increased the moment users submit the declaration form and a fee of Rs 400 per kilowatt for domestic consumer and Rs 1,200 per kilowatt for commercial consumers,” the official said.
Stating that the procedure to enhance load has been streamlined for consumers’ convenience, sources said earlier users would have to apply for enhancement of load on their premises and the power company officials would make an on-the-spot physical verification. The fee would be accepted only after the verification is complete. The implementation of the scheme has increased the number of declaration forms.
Between July 2013 and March 2014, around 49,000 consumers of both companies have applied to increase their load. The distribution firms have increased around 70,000KW of load for users.
Once the scheme comes to an end in September, the distribution companies would visit every household to check whether a building is using power according to its sanctioned load or not, sources said, while exhorting consumers to get their load enhanced by submitting their declaration form.
“Raids would be intensified once the voluntary declaration of load scheme is over to check whether or not consumers are using power as per permissible limit. Strict penalty would be imposed on defaulting consumers,” he said.