One of the first things to be done after purchasing an apartment or house invariably is transferring the electricity meter ownership to your name from the builder/previous owner’s name. In this article, I will explain the procedure to transfer a BESCOM electricity connection to your name without utilising any agent’s help or paying any bribe whatsoever.
You will need the following documents to transfer the meter ownership:
1. BESCOM Application Forms I-IV: The four forms are:
a. Electrical Connection Transfer Form (Form I): This is more of a cover letter where you need to fill in the details such as RR number, address where meter is installed, name and address of current and new owner respectively, reason for transfer, etc.
b. Power Supply Agreement (PSA) (Form II): This is a legal agreement between BESCOM and you for the supply of electricity to you. It is also called All-Electric Home (AEH) Form.
c. Indemnity Bond (Form III): This is to protect BESCOM from any legal disputes arising from the transfer of the connection in your name.
d. No Objection Certificate (NOC) from builder/previous owner (as per Form IV): This is a single-page legal document certifying that the builder/previous owner has no objection to the meter ownership being transferred to your name. You must be careful to collect this document from the builder/previous owner at the time of purchasing the apartment. The format specified in Form IV can be used for reference if required.
NOTE: You need not submit Form IV if you already have a NOC provided by the builder/previous owner.
See the next section for how to get these four forms.
2. Notarised copy of Khata/Sale Deed: A notarized copy of your apartment’s Khata or Sale Deed is required to be sumitted along with the above forms for the meter ownership transfer. Getting a notarized copy of the Khata/Sale Deed should cost about Rs. 100-150 and can be done at the Koramangala BDA Complex or at Mayo Hall.
Note that the meter ownership will be transferred to the buyer’s name(s) in the Khata/Sale Deed. In case of joint ownership, all the names will be entered in the records. If this is not required, one of the joint owners can provide a NOC stating that they have no objection to their name not being listed as an owner.
3. Copy of latest electricity bill: A copy of your latest electricity bill will also be required for the meter transfer. Bring the latest payment receipt too if possible.
Where to get the BESCOM forms?
For some reason, the BESCOM offices often do not have the forms available with them. But you can get the forms from some shop near the BESCOM office. For those living in HSR Layout (where I stay), the forms are available in an electrical goods shop in the lane opposite the BESCOM office in Parangipalya.
The BESCOM Forms I-IV will cost Rs. 300 officially. This is because the PSA (Form II) and Indemnity Bond (Form III) will have franking done for Rs. 200 and Rs. 100 respectively. The shopkeeper will charge some commission on top of this amount.
Note that you will need to submit the forms and necessary documents in a file, because otherwise the BESCOM folks will not accept your application. Of course, the shops selling the forms are aware of this and will usually provide a file without you asking for it.
NOTE: The forms are available online too. However, it is better to purchase the original forms directly as specified above, as otherwise you need to get franking/e-stamping done yourself.
1. Write an application letter addressed to the Assistant Executive Engineer (AEE) (Electrical) of your respective BESCOM office mentioning that you wish to get the electricity connection transferred to your name. Specify the meter’s RR number, installation address, etc. in the letter. File this along with the other forms and documents.
2. Get all the documents verified by a Junior Engineer (JE). The JE may ask a lineman to go to your apartment and verify the meter details. You need to take the lineman to your home and show him the meter, and he will scribble some details on the PSA form.
3. Once this is done, you need to pay the necessary Transfer Fee of Rs. 100 at the BESCOM cash counter, for which you will get a receipt. You need to submit this receipt in original with your application.
4. Finally, you can go to the AEE/AE and submit your application.
This completes the application process. It will take a week or two for the transfer to be completed, following which the next electricity bill will come in the new owner’s name.
Do note that at no stage did we have to pay any bribe to anyone.
The only concern I had was that we were not given any acknowledgement upon submitting the application. I was a bit worried because I had submitted the original NOC given by the builder, so I hoped that the file would not be lost or misplaced. But luckily, no such thing happened. However, I believe that as per the rules, we are entitled to an acknowledgement, which is also a proof of submission of the application.
BESCOM has become quite strict in matters of corruption and consumer harassment, thanks to the proactive role played in this regard by its current MD Shri P. Manivannan.
So, in case of harassment, you can lodge a complaint on BESCOM’s grievance redressal portal. You can also try their call centre number at 080–22873333. You can also try posting about the problem on BESCOM’s Facebook page.
Lastly, if all else fails, you can also take the help of RTI to get your work done. Refer this page for PIO details: http://bescom.org/en/rti-orders-and-circulars/
- BESCOM website: http://bescom.org/en
- BESCOM grievance redressal portal: http://www.bescompgrs.org/
- BESCOM electrical connection transfer forms (Forms I-IV): http://bescom.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Change_of_Name_Bescom.pdf
- List of BESCOM area offices: http://bescom.org/en/know-your-local-bescom-office/