Power distribution cos given six months time

Power distribution cos given six months time
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 A two judge bench of the High Court at Hyderabad comprising Acting Chief Justice Dilip B Bhosale and Justice P Naveen Rao on Monday granted interim relief to the power distribution companies of the twin States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. 

Hyderabad: A two judge bench of the High Court at Hyderabad comprising Acting Chief Justice Dilip B Bhosale and Justice P Naveen Rao on Monday granted interim relief to the power distribution companies of the twin States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

The bench was dealing with an appeal filed by the companies challenging an order of a single judge. The judge had directed the companies to install pre-paid meters to all the HT consumers who require the supply through a pre-paid meter within a period of six months.

Earlier several HT consumers moved the High Court challenging the action of the power distribution companies in not installing the pre-paid meters and demanding additional consumption deposit amount.

While directing the companies to install the pre-paid meters within six months, the judge ruled that the Electricity Act, 2003, gave power to the distribution licensee to demand reasonable security for the electricity supplied to the consumer. But, if the consumer is prepared to take the supply through a pre-paid meter, the distribution licensee cannot demand security.

The companies complained that they had failed to supply the meters due to shortage of meters in the market. While considering the pleas of appellants, the bench set aside the order of the single judge.

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