Apply online for new electricity connections from next month
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Buoyed by the success of online bill payment system, the Pune division of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) will from February 1 start a project enabling consumers to apply for new electricity connections online. The consumers will no longer have to wait in long queues and can instead register themselves online for new connections.
S P Nagtilak, chief engineer of the Pune division of MSEDCL, told Newsline that the process will be made smoother so that there is no delay in providing electricity connections to consumers.
He said their computerisation projects, especially payment of bills online, have received a good response.
"Last month, MSEDCL collected a whopping Rs 26 crore from 2.25 lakh people who paid the amount online," siad Nagtilak.
Under the project, to facilitate electricity connections to consumers, the MSEDCL has provided computers to all its 150 section offices in the Pune urban zone. Every month, the power utility receives at least 7-8,000 applications for new connections that are manually processed. Once the application is made online, it will be sent to the concerned officer in each region for scrutiny and approval. Applicants can also check their status online and consult officials in case there is a delay.
MSEDCL officials can track the progress of the applications and also check for connections that have been discontinued. While initially the project will be started on a pilot basis, the utility will later extend it to all areas under the Pune zone. There are 14 lakh consumers in the Pune zone of MSEDCL.
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