Do not tap electricity illegally,MSEDCL urges Ganesh mandals

The MSEDCL has urged Ganesh mandals not to tap power illegally and use authorised electricity connections offered to them at concessional rates during Ganesh Festival

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published:August 27, 2013 4:44 am

The MSEDCL has urged Ganesh mandals not to tap power illegally and use authorised electricity connections offered to them at concessional rates during Ganesh Festival.

The power utility would provide temporary electricity connections for the festival at a nominal rate of Rs 3.27 per unit. The MSEDCL said the mandals should apply for temporary connections instead of resorting to illegal tapping of power from private connections.

Most mandals plug in wires in street light ports and some tap electricity from street light poles,which may prove fatal during monsoon,said a release.

Mandals should contact the nearest MSEDCL office to apply for temporary meters for the festival. The MSEDCL have warned that cases will be filed against mandals for stealing electricity. The utility will not be responsible if any untoward incident takes place owing to unauthorised power connections,they added.

Excessive load can lead to burning of transformers and hence it is important to apply for authorised electricity connections,said the release.

The MSEDCL has also advised festival committees to use good quality fire-resistant wires and get the wiring done by licenced contractors.

MSEDCL to replace all electromechanical meters by December

Pune: Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has decided to replace all the electromechanical meters by Radio frequency (RF) and Infra Red (IR) meters by December. Presently,3.7 lakh meters have been installed in the Pune division,said a release. So far,as many as 66,521 meters used for domestic and commercial purposes have been replaced. There are 2,63,800 single-phase mechanical meters which are functional presently. These will be replaced by IR and RF meters in a phase-wise manner,said MSEDCL authorities. Electromechanical meters have been in use for nearly 116 years in the country. While these meters were replaced by electronic meters,MSEDCL now plans to replace it with sophisticated IF and IR meters. Reading of electricity will be more accurate,said officials.

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