CPDCL CMD Padma Janardhan Reddy (centre), director (tech) Santosh Rao (left) addressing the media in Guntur.

GUNTUR: In order to take the services closer to the consumers, Central Power Distribution Company Limited (CPDCL) has decided to open 11 sub-electricity revenue offices in Krishna, Guntur and Prakasam districts. The Junior Accounts Officers (JAOs) working in the existing Electricity Revenue Offices (EROs) will be shifted to the newly created sub-EROs to resolve the consumer grievances. “The decision has been taken to affectively address the grievances of the consumers, right from getting new connection to the faulty bills. We are fully committed to serve the consumers at their door-steps,” said chairman and managing director of CPDCL, J Padma Janardhan Reddy. Speaking to media here on Sunday, Reddy said that chief minister YS Jagan had directed the energy department to clear all the grievances of the consumers through single window system and within the deadlines.
He said that three sub ERO offices would come up in Vijayawada city and one in Nuzvid covering Krishna district. Similarly, two new offices in Tenali and one each in Guntur and Narasaraopet would start functioning immediately. In Prakasam district, new sub-EROs are coming up in Kandukur, Pamur and Ongole.
Janardhan Reddy said that the new scheme for agriculture sector would come into force from next April. “Agriculture power will be completely free even in the future and farmers do not need to worry about the fixation of the meters,” he assured. He said that the process of fixation of meters will begin only around April, 2021. He said that the state government had decided to launch the new scheme in Srikakulam district as pilot from December, 2020 and expand it to other districts from April. “Not even a single agriculture pump set connection was disconnected in the past and it would not be disabled even in the future,” assured Reddy. He explained that installation of meters would help them track the misuse of power and ensure quality of supply.
CMD said that they have constructed several 33/11 sub-stations for exclusively providing free power to the agriculture sector. He said that they would be shortly launching 9 hour-power supply to the agriculture sector during the day time after completion of works on 32 feeders. CPDCL director (technical) Santosh Rao, SE M Vijay Kumar were also present.

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