Electricity dept warns against illegal use of power generators

Panaji: Stating that the use of power generators without
permission is illegal, the state electricity department has warned to initiate
criminal action against the defaulters.

The department has said that as per the Indian Electricity
(IE) Rules, 1956, no consumer or occupier can commission his power
generator of a capacity exceeding 10KW without the approval in writing of the
department.

“Generators with less capacity can be installed without
obtaining permission but if the capacity is 10KW or more then they ought to
have the approval of the department which is mandatory as per the IE Rules,”
executive engineer C H Rajagopalan said. He said that if the consumers fail to
follow this direction then the department can file a criminal case against the
defaulter and drag him/ her to court.

“The supplier of the generator has to maintain a record
of test results obtained at each supply point to the consumer, in a form to be
approved by the inspector. If as a result of such inspection and test, the
supplier is satisfied that the installation is likely to constitute danger, he
shall serve on the applicant a notice in writing requiring him to make such
modifications as are necessary to render the installation safe. The supplier
may refuse to connect or reconnect the supply until the required modifications
have been completed and he has been notified by the applicant,” reads the IE
Rules 1956.

The rules also define precautions against leakages that
may occur. They state that “the supplier shall not connect with his works
the installation or apparatus on the
premises of any applicant for supply unless he is reasonably satisfied that the
connection will not, at the time of making the connection, cause a leakage from
the installation or apparatus of a magnitude detrimental to safety.”

Rajagopalan urged consumers to abide by the rules and
regulations for their own safety and also for the safety of people residing in
the area or else face action by the department.

He said that consumers need not seek permission for the
installation of inverters. However, they ought to check and ensure that the
safety standards are maintained by the product company.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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