After receiving thousands of complaint against the new electromechanical meters and inflated bills, Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) has halted the installation of these meters temporarily in all 14 towns across the state.

The HPSEB move followed after consumers complained of inflated electricity bills in most of the cities where it was being installed. The new meters were installed under the restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (APDRP) in the state.

An Official at the HPSEB revealed that replacement of the balance electromechanical meters will be resuming after changes in data incorporated in the computerised billing system.

Over the wrong billing, official revealed that no surcharge will be taken from the consumer and the complainants can refer the case to the sub-division concerned to redress faulty billings.

After the installation of electromechanical meters, most of consumers were complaining increased bills. Even opposition BJP has staged protest in state capital against it and demanded immediate action against the installation of faulty meters.