An acute shortage of digital energy meters is believed to have surfaced in Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Company (CESC) for the last ten days severely inconveniencing the electrical contractors and customers in city.

With digital energy meters becoming mandatory, CESC began replacing the old analog meters at all houses and business establishments with the digital version some time ago.

On an average, about 400 digital meters were reportedly being fitted to power connections every day covering both replacements and new connections.

Each digital meter costed about Rs. 1,190 and was procured from Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Landyes & Gear (a company based in Shimla). The demand has peaked now owing to a spate of new constructions in view of the festival season. There was a shortage of the meters a couple of days ago but the situation has been improving now, according to CESC Superintending Engineer Satyanarayan, who spoke to SOM yesterday.

However L&T Assistant Project Co-ordinator Ravi contended that the digital meters supplied by L&T to CESC had to be certified and a number assigned to every meter before sealing the equipment.

He pointed out that the process was taking an unduly long time and also added that L & T was regularly despatching the meters to CESC.

An aggrieved electrical contractor Subbanna told SOM that he requires about 30 energy meters everyday but has to keep running from one office of CESC to another in search of these meters.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore