Punjab ProvincePatiala, India --- (METERING.COM) --- September 4, 2006 – The Punjab State Electricity Board has obeyed the verbal instructions of the state government to abandon plans to relocate energy meters outside customer premises – but the Board’s engineers’ association has criticized the decision.

The engineers point out that power theft in the state is rampant, and that even the replacement of the outdated electromechanical meters with electronic meters had not helped to solve the problem. They cited increasingly sophisticated means of preventing meters from reading accurately, such as the use of magnets and high frequency jammers.

Locating the meters outside consumers’ premises could prove to be the only way to prevent such behavior, said the engineer group, which also pointed out that the decision was an act of surrender of the functional autonomy granted to the board under government laws.