ABRIDGED CONDITIONS OF SUPPLY

 

1.         Definitions.

(a)        “The Act” means the Electricity Act,1910.

(b)       “The Department” means the West Pakistan Electricity Department.

(c)       “Months” means calendar month.

(d)        “Date of presentation” means second day after the date of any bill rendered in the Department.

2.            Application and Agreement for Supply: –   Application for supply shall be made on the department’s appropriate form.

3.            Point of Supply . – The department shall give the supply to the consumer at one point or more, as the Department may decide, and all sub-stations, switch-houses, etc., on the consumer’s premises for the reception of the Department’s apparatus shall be erected to the approval of the Department at the expense of the consumer and shall be maintained in good and efficient repair by the consumer.

The Department reserves the right to use such sub-station, switch-houses etc. for supply to other premises or works in the neighbourhood, always provided that the consumer’s supply be not thereby affected.

4.            Inspection and Testing of Consumer’s Installation . —  

(a)  When the installation of an applicant has been completed and tested by his wiring contractor, the applicant or his wiring contractor shall give the Department 48 hours’ notice to that effect upon the “Wiring Contractor’s Completion and Test Report” (a copy of which form will be supplied by the Department on request), accompanied by a plan of the said installation.

(b)  The Department is not responsible for the efficient and proper execution of any work on the consumer’s promises other than that done by person duly authorized by the Department, the inspection and testing of the consumer’s installation being only for the purpose of protecting the Department’s supply system and the Department’s supply to other consumers.

            5.         Approval of Consumer’s Installation.–  Before any wiring or apparatus is connected to the Department’s mains the same shall be subject to the inspection and approval of the department and no connection shall be made to the Department’s circuits without the previous approval of the Department.

            The charges for inspection and testing a consumer’s installation shall be as prescribed in the annexed Schedule of General Charges.

            6.         Extensions to Consumer’s Installation.–  The consumer’s installation shall consist of the energy-consuming apparatus (i.e. motors, lamps, fans, etc.) as stated in the application and/or connected to the Department’s mains. The Department must be notified of any extension being made to the installation and/or of any charges being made in the wiring, and a new application must be made to the Department for the supply to the additional installation. In the event of any extension unauthorized by the Department, having been made to the installation or of any increase in the maximum demand, the Department shall be entitled to disconnect the consumer’s premises from the Department mains, and in the event of any damage to the Department’s system resulting from such unauthorized extension, the consumer shall pay the Department all expenses on account of not connected with such damage.

            7.         Defects in Consumer’s Installation.—  In the event of any defect being discovered in the consumer’s wiring or apparatus connected to the Department’s mains, or of any earth or leakage occurring on any section of the circuits so connected, the consumer, in the absence of any of the Department’s authorized employees, shall immediately disconnect such part of the wiring or apparatus from the circuits and notify the Department and the Departments shall receive the right to disconnect at any such sections from its supply systems. The carrying capacity of the main fuses on the consumer’s premises must at all times be less than that of the main fuses of the Department.

            8.         Service Connections. —  Service lines shall be laid by the Departments from any of the Department’s distributing mains, and the consumer shall, at his option, either pay on demand the cost of the service line and service equipment other than the meter, or pay a monthly rental as prescribed in the annexed Schedule of Service Charges.

            The main fuses shall be provided, installed and sealed by the Department, free of cost.

            Notwithstanding that the cost of part of the service line may have been paid for by the consumer, the whole of the service line, together with any wires, meters and other apparatus belonging to the Department on the Consumer’s premises shall be and remain the property of the Department.

            9.         Meters. — (i) Installed by the Electricity Department:

(a)        A correct meter shall be installed, sealed and maintained by the Department at each point of supply on the premises of the consumer and shall be and remain the property of the Department. The Department reserves to itself the right to fix the position of the said meter.

(b)        The said meter shall not be connected, disconnected, nor unsealed by any person other than the Department’s authorized employees.

(c)        Should the consumer require the said meter to be removed or its position changed, he shall give notice to that effect in writing to the Department, and the Department shall comply with such notices object to the consumer paying the charge prescribed in the annexed Schedule of General Charges.

(d)        Should the consumer dispute the accuracy of the said meter he may upon giving notice in writing to the Department cause a test of the meter to be made by the Department, and if on such test being made the meter should prove to be not correct as provided by the Rules under the Act, the Department shall pay the expenses of such test all shall adjust the consumer’s account as may be required such retrospective effect for a period not exceeding 3 months immediately preceding the date of such test. Should the meter prove to be correct as prescribed by the Rule under the Act, the consumer shall pay to the Department the charge prescribed in the annexed Schedule of General Charges. Subject to the provisions of this sub-clause the supply taken by the consumer as measured by the said meter shall be deemed to be correct and binding on the consumer.

            (ii)        Supplied by Consumers (Consumer’s meters:)

(a)             If any consumer should desire to exercise the option of installing his own meter, he shall keep the meter correct, and in default of his doing so, the Department may after giving him seven days’ notice, for so long as the default continues, cease to supply energy through the meter.

(b)             If at any time the accuracy of the consumer’s meter is challenged by Department the meter would need to be tested by the Electric Inspector to Government of West Pakistan and if the meter should prove to be not correct the consumer would be liable to pay the charges for such test.

10.        Replacement of Department’s Main Fuses.—  Should the Department’s main fuses fail at any time, the consumer shall immediately communicate with the Department’s representative at ……………………………………….………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. (which place is always open), in order that the cause of failure may be ascertained and new fuses inserted.

            11.        Liability of the consumer for damage, to the Department’s apparatus. —   The consumer shall be solely responsible, for, and shall pay loss of or damage, to any supply lines, main-fuses, meters and/or other apparatus belonging to the Department on the premises of the consumer, whether caused maliciously or through culpable negligence or default on the part of the consumer or any of his employees or whether arising out of fire, thefts or any cause whatsoever beyond the control of the Department always expecting reasonable wear and tear and loss or damage arising out of the defects in the aforesaid supply lines, main fuses, meters and/or other apparatus belonging to the Department on the premises of the consumer:

            Provided that, notwithstanding anything contained in this clause, and without prejudice to any prosecution under rule 122 of the Electricity Rules, 1937 or any statutory modifications thereof, the liability of the consumer for the cost of resealing any meter or other apparatus belonging to the Department on the consumer’s premises shall be as prescribed in the Schedule of General Charges.

            12.        Prejudicial Use of Supply:

 

(a)             The consumer shall not keep connected to the Department’s Supply System any apparatus which the Department may deem to be likely to interfere with or affect injuriously the Department’s supply to other consumers.

(b)             The consumer shall not except to the extent herein prescribed keep unbalanced the loading on the three phases of the supply taken to him from the Department, the maximum permissible difference in current between any two phases being 5 per cent.

(c)             The consumer shall not make such use of the supply given to him by the Department as to act prejudicially to the Department in any manner whatsoever.

13.        Discontinuance of Supply. – Without prejudice to the rights of the Department to take such other action against consumer as provided by the Electricity Act, 1910, the Department reserves the right to disconnect supply to a consumer on giving 24 hours’ notice in writing, if there is reason to believe the consumer has secured the connection by fraudulent means or is contravening any of the provisions of the Act, or of these conditions of supply or is committing a breach of his agreement with the Department or in the event of the consumer failing to pay any account due to the Department or in the event of the consumer’s bankruptcy or the execution of any assignment for the benefit of the consumer’s creditors or if the consumer is a limited company in the event of compulsory or voluntary liquidation.

14.        Notice by Consumer to Disconnect Supply. —  In the event of a consumer desiring to have his premises disconnected, whether permanently or temporarily, or desiring to vacate or lease his premises he shall give  the Department 7 days notice in writing of his intention, together with an opportunity for disconnecting the said premises and/or reading the meter or meters, failing such notice he shall be and remain liable for all charges in respect of energy consumed upon the said premises for all other charges which may, become due to the Department in respect of the said premises, until such date as notice in writing of vacation or leasing has been received by the Department.

15.        Failure of Supply.— The Department shall not be liable for any claims for loss, damage or compensation, whatsoever, arising out of failure of supply when such failure is due, either directly or indirectly, to war, mutiny, civil commotion, riots, strikes, lock-out, fire, flood, tempest, lighting, earthquake or other force, accident or cause beyond the control of the Department.

16.        Change of Consumer.— When nay person occupies in any premises previously occupied by a consumer and desires to be supplied with energy he shall as if he were an original applicant, enter into an agreement with the Department and shall, if so required, furnish security to the Department as prescribed in these conditions of supply, and his installation shall be re-rated by the Department so that the said person may not be held responsible for any alteration in the connected load which may have been effected by the previous consumer without the authority of the Department.

17.        Security Deposit.— Before commencing or resuming supply to a premises the Department shall/may required the consumer to lodge with the Department as security for the payment by the consumer of his monthly bills and for the value of meters and/or other apparatus belonging to the Department and installed on the consumer’s premises a deposit in any one of the following forms:-

(1)             Cash (the Department will no allow interest on the deposit).

(2)             Post office 5 years cash certificates.

(3)             Government securities other than Post Office 5 years cash certificates.

(4)             Municipal Debentures and Port Trust Bonds.

(5)             Deposit receipts of recognized banks approve by Government.

The amount of security deposit may be calculated as follows:-

            An amount at the rate of Rs.10 per kilowatt of connected load plus the following amount per meter installed by the Department viz.—

Rs.

            (i)         for single-phase supply                                                                …         2

            (ii)         for three-phase supply upto 30 kw.                                                            …         15

            (iii)        for three-phase supply above 30 kw and upto 70 kw.                                   …         40

            (iv)       for three-phase supply above 70 kw.                                                         …         100

18.        Charges for Supply. – The methods of charging for supply given to the consumer by the Department shall be those prescribed in the annexed Schedule of Tariffs. A consumer shall not be entitled to change the Tariff under which he be agreed to be charged, as stated in his application.

19.        Bills . – (a) The Department shall render bills to the consumer, monthly, and payment, which must include bank charges (if any), shall be due to demand.

If the bill is not paid in full within 15 days after the date of presentation, the consumer, , upon the Department giving him seven days’ notice in writing of its intention to disconnect shall be liable to have his premises disconnected by the Department. Should the premises be so disconnected connection shall not be restored by the Department until full payment shall have been made by the consumer of all the outstanding dues and of the charges for reconnection of supply prescribed in the annexed Schedule of General Charges.

The rental and energy charges in the bill shall be adjusted so as to eliminate pies in accordance with the following Rules, viz. firstly, that sum of half a pies and less shall count as zero, and, secondly, that a sum exceeding six pies and less then one anna shall count as one anna.

20.        Rights of Way. – The consumer shall provide the Department free of charge and rent with the rights of way in, through, or over any land under his control and jurisdiction as may be required by the Department in connection with the provision and maintenance of service lines to the premises of the consumer and, subject to the provision of Section 12 of the Act, to the premises of any other consumer.

21.        Access to the Consumer’s Premises – The duly authorized employee of the Department shall be entitled at all reasonable times, to enter the premises of the consumer for the purpose of inspecting and testing of consumers installation and of reading meters, and inspecting and testing any apparatus belonging to the Department on the consumer’s premises or for doing all thing necessary of incidental to the proper giving or maintaining supply to the consumer.

 

22         Wiring Condition. –

(a)             The wiring and apparatus comprising the consumer’s installation must always be in good order and condition, so as not to affect injuriously the use of energy by the Department or by other consumers.

(b)             The wiring shall conform to the rule of the particular Fire Insurance Company in which the buildings on the consumer’s premises may be insured, if they are so insured, and with such wiring regulations of the Department as may be in force from time to time.

(c)             The adoption is strongly recommended of the Wiring Rules of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and the, specification for electrical works in Government buildings in West Pakistan issued by the Government of West Pakistan.

(d)             (d)  The consumer must in all cases provide linked quick-break main switches and a main-fuse on each pole other than the earthed neutral which must be placed within three feet of the Department’s meter or in such other position as shall be approved by the Department.

(e)             (e)  Motors of rated capacity not exceeding 4 kilowatts may be started direct from the consumer’s mains by means of linked pole switches but all motors of greater rated capacity must be provided with a starting resistance auto-transformer star delta, switches or other kind of starting gear to be approved by the Department.

(f)              All motors of a rated capacity exceeding 4 kilowatt must be provided by the consumer with over load and no volt release gear which must, at all times, be maintained in perfect working order.

(g)             Motors of a rated capacity exceeding 4 kilowatt but not exceeding 50 kilowatt may be squirrel cage type but the starting device shall be so designed as to keep the starting current within twice the full-load current.

(h)             Where wiring for motors is in conduit, all phase wires must be run bunched in a single metallic conduit which must be efficiently earthed throughout and connected to the frame of the motor. The earthing of the motors and conduit, etc. must conform with the Rules or any other instructions issued by the competent authority for this purpose.

23.              Assignment or transfer etc. of agreement.— The consumer shall not without previous consent in writing of the Department assign, transfer or part with the benefits of his agreement for supply with the Department, nor shall the consumer in any manner part with or create any partial or separate interest there under.

24.              Service Of Notice.—

(a)        Any notice by the Department to the consumer shall be deemed to be duly given it served in writing addressed to the consumer delivered by hand at, or sent by, post to the address specified in the consumer’s application or subsequently notified in the Department.

(c)             Any notice by the Department to the consumer shall be deemed to be duly given if served in writing addressed to the consumer and delivered by hand at, or sent by registered post to the address specified in the consumer’s application or subsequently notified to the Department.

25.        Disputes.—   In the event of any difference or dispute arising between the Department and the consumer in respect of any matter connected with the supply which cannot be determined by these conditions, or by the terms of any agreement between the Department and the consumer, and in the event of any difference or dispute arising as to the interpretation of these conditions or of any terms of any agreement between the Department and the consumer, the matter, shall be determined in accordance with the provisions of the Act or by reference to the Electric Inspector. And in the event of any difference or dispute arising that cannot be determined as aforesaid, the decision of the West Pakistan Government shall be final and binding on all parties to the difference of dispute.

 

26.        Interpretation– These conditions shall subject to the Act and nothing in these conditions shall abridge or prejudice the rights of the Department under the Act of the Government of Pakistan or the West Pakistan or any Rule thereunder.

DEFINITIONS AND SPECIAL CONDITINS FOR SUPPLY OF ENERGY

            1.         “General supply” means supply for domestic purposes e.g. for lamps, fans, radiators, domestic water-heaters, cookers, etc. and small motor of aggregate capacity less then 4 kilowatts.

            2.         “Industrial supply” means a supply for industrial, agricultural, irrigation and pumping purposes and includes supply for lamps and fans on the premises of a consumer up to but not exceeding a total of ten percent of the supply required ford motive power.

            3.         “”Bulk supply” means supply given to.–

            (i)         a licensee for purposes of local distribution in his area of supply;

            (ii)         a consumer other than a lincensee, who offers:

(a)             a mixed load of not less than 10 kilowatts at one point of supply consisting not only of lighting fans and heating but also involving the use of electricity for motive power purposes; and

(b)             undertakes to do his own distribution of energy on the premises for which supply is given.

4.         “Temporary unmatered supply” means supply for illumination purposes and/or table fans, for special occasions, viz. festivals, fairs marriages etc. such will be given only where it is not practicable to give a metered supply and there are no chances of abuse. It will be given for a period of thirty days or less.

5.         “Connected load” means the sum of the rated capacities of all the energy consuming apparatus in the consumer’s installation which can be operated simultaneously.

6.         “Maximum demand” means the highest demand in any month measured over successive periods each of 30 minutes durations.

7.         “Demand charge” means the chare for any month in respect of the Department’s “readiness to serve” the consumer, and is based upon the connected load or maximum demand as the case may be.

8.         “Energy charge” means the charge for energy actually taken by the consumer and is applicable to the unit consumed by him in any month.

9.         The average power factor at any point of supply must not be less than 80 per cent and in the event of the said power factor being found to be less than 80 per cent consumer shall be liable to have his installation disconnected from the Department supply system until the power factor had been brought up to 80 per cent by methods approved by the Department.

10.        Any consumer whose Connected Load is 70 Kw. Or less should necessarily be charged on Connected Load basis. Any consumer whose Connected Load exceed 70 Kw. Shall have option of being charged on either Connected Load basis or Maximum Demand but, once the option has been exercised it must be maintain for at least one year.

11.        If the payment of the Department’s bill for industrial or bulk supply rendered under clause 19 of the Abridged Conditions of Supply is not made within 15 days of the date of its presentation a surcharge of 5 percent on the cost of energy consumed (excluding rental) shall be levied.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS FOR TEMPORARY METERED SUPPLY

            1.         If the Department provides and installs the service and meter, the consumer shall be charged four times relevant the charges prescribed in annexed Schedule of service and general charges respectively for each period of 30 days or less during which the temporary supply has been given.

            2.         If a consumer provides the material for the service including service equipment and meter box (the Deptt. Installing the same) the consumer shall be responsible for paying to Deptt., the erection and dismantling charges incurred by the Deptt., the erection and dismantling charges incurred by the Deptt. On the above service pluses Departmental charges at the rate of 50% on the cost of labour for erection and simantlement. In such a case the consumer shall be charged on service charges but only four times the relevant, general charges (e.g. meter hire) as prescribed in Special Condition (1) above.

            3.         Before any expenditure is incurred in giving temporary supply a cash deposit should in taken in advance from the applicant, to cover the following costs—

(A)        If the service is to be provided and installed by the Deptt.:

            (i)         Service charges                                     Calculated according to

            (ii)         General charges, e.g. (Meter hire)             Special Condition No.(1)

            (iii)        Energy charges.

(B)        If the material is to be provided by the consumer and the service installed by the Deptt.

            (i)         Erection and dismantling                          Calculated according to

                        charges including                                                Special Condition No.(2)

                        departmental charges

            (ii)         General charges, e.g. (Meter hire)

            (iii)        Energy charges.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS FOR TEMPORARY UNMETERED SUPPLY

            1.         “Temporary unmetered supply” means supply for illumination purpose for special occasions, viz. festivals, fairs, marriages, etc.

            2.         “Temporary” unmetered supply” will be given only where it is not practicable to give a metered supply and where the S.D.O. is satisfied that there are no chances of abuse. It will be given for a period of thirty days or less.

            “Temporary unmetered supply” for table fans  will be given only where the S.D.O. is personally satisfied that the plugs installed by the consumers for connecting the table fans will not be used for connecting other application of higher capacities.

            3.         Before any expenditure is incurred in giving temporary unmetered supply, a case deposit should be taken in advance from the applicant to cover the cost of supply charges and service connection charges.

            4.         Such of the provisions of the Deptt’s abridged Conditions of Supply as may be relevant, shall be applicable to a consumer under the Schedule of Tariffs for temporary unmetered supply.