Piyush Goyal-led Power Ministry today said it has undertaken many reforms in two years to ease the process of getting an electricity connection. “These measures will drastically reduced the time taken for getting an electricity connection and will benefit citizens and industry alike,” says a Ministry of Power press release.
From restricting the time period it takes to get an electricity connection to simplifying the process of application, we take a look at eight steps the Power Ministry claims it has taken:
- It is now mandatory to provide electricity connection to consumers within fifteen days under “normal” conditions.
- A simpler procedure for getting the connection has been adopted. This, the Ministry says, has been introduced after discussions with Delhi, Maharashtra Discoms and other concerned agencies. “DERC has made the necessary changes to allow LT connection up to 150 KVA and had also rationalized the tariff for the same in 2015,” says the release.
- Further, the Ministry has broken down the process into time period taken to complete each step. Field inspection now needs to be conducted within three days of online form submission for electricity connection. This will lead to the process of load sanctioning and intimation for fee deposit to be completed in next four days. After this, installation work including meter and flow of electricity has to be done in eight days.
- Consumers in Delhi and Mumbai will have to provide self certification at the time of application, for “type of consumer”, along with ID proof and premises ownership.
- An amendment to CEA notification has been made to waive off electrical approval for 11 KV installation carried out by discoms and allowing self certification by discom engineers in such cases.
- 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.
- A simplified online mechanism for Right of Way (RoW) approval process for electrical works is also under process, says the Ministry.