• Process to get electricity connection made easier: Power Min

    Power Ministry today said it has been mandatory to provide an electricity connection within 15 days of application as part of steps taken in last two years to ease the process of getting connections.

    “Ministry of Power has undertaken several reforms measures to ease the process of ‘Getting Electricity’ over a period of last two years. These measures will drastically reduced the time taken for getting an electricity connection and will benefited citizens and industry alike,” Power Ministry said in a statement.

    It has been made mandatory to provide electricity connection within 15 days to the consumers in normal conditions, it added.

    A simplified procedure for getting electricity connection has been adopted after detailed discussions with Delhi and Maharashtra Discoms and other concerned agencies.

    Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has made the necessary changes to allow Low Tension connection up to 150 KVA and had also rationalized the tariff for the same in 2015.

    The Ministry has also stipulated time for each step in providing the connection. Within three days of online form submission for electricity connection, the field inspection of the site will be done, which will lead to the process to estimate preparation, load sanction and intimation for fee deposit to be completed in next four days.

    After this, installation work including meter and flow of electricity will be done in eight days, thus completing the whole process in 15 days.

    While applying for connection, consumers in Delhi and Mumbai will be required to provide the self certification for type of consumer along with ID proof and premises ownership.

    It said that an amendment to CEA (Central Electricity Authority) notification have been made to waive off electrical approval for 11 KV installation carried out by discoms and allowing self certification by discoms engineers in such cases.

    It has been agreed by the discoms that reliability of power supply will be improved progressively each year till international benchmark is achieved.

    An amendment in CEA notification for allowing installation of transformers up to 500 KVA on double pole structure has also been made.

    Apart from these initiatives, a simplified online mechanism for Right of Way (RoW) approval process for electrical works is also under process, it added. Briean Boddy-Calhoun Womens Jersey

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