Sections Particulars
Preamble
Preamble An Act to consolidate the laws relating to generation, transmission, distribution, trading and use of electricity and generally for taking measures c...
Part I Preliminary
1 Short title, extent and commencement
1. Short title, extent and commencement.- 1.     This Act may be called the Electricity Act, 2003.2.     It extends to the whole of India except the State ...
2 Definitions
2. Definitions.- In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,--1.     "Appellate Tribunal" means the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity established un...
Part II National Electricity Policy and Plan
3 National Electricity Policy and Plan
3. National Electricity Policy and Plan.- 1.     The Central Government shall, from time-to-time, prepare the National Electricity Policy and tariff policy,...
4 National policy on standalone systems for rural areas and nonconventional energy systems
The Central Government shall, after consultation with the State Governments, prepare and notify a national policy, permitting stand alone systems (including t...
5 National policy on electrification and local distribution in rural areas
5. National policy on electrification and local distribution in rural areas.- The Central Government shall also formulate a national policy, in consultation w...
6 Joint responsibility of State Government and Central Government in rural electrification
The concerned State Government and the Central Government shall jointly endeavour to provide access to electricity to all areas including villages and hamlet...
Part III Generation of Electricity
7 Generating company and requirement for setting up of generating station
7. Generating company and requirement for setting up of generating station.-Any generating company may establish, operate and maintain a generating station wi...
8 Hydro-electric generation
8. Hydro-electric generation.- 1.     Notwithstanding anything contained in section 7, any generating company intending to set up a hydro-generating station...
9 Captive generation
9. Captive generation.- 1.     Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, a person may construct, maintain or operate a captive generating plant and de...
10 Duties of generating companies
10. Duties of generating companies.- 1.     Subject to the provisions of this Act, the duties of generating company shall be to establish, operate and maint...
11 Directions to generating companies
11. Directions to generating companies.- 1.     The Appropriate Government may specify that a generating company shall, in extraordinary circumstances opera...
Part IV Licensing
12 Authorised persons to transmit, supply, etc., electricity
12. Authorised persons to transmit, supply, etc., electricity.- No person shall--a.     transmit electricity; orb.    distribute electricity; orc.     und...
13 Power to exempt
13. Power to exempt.- The Appropriate Commission may, on the recommendations, of the Appropriate Government, in accordance with the national policy formulated...
14 Grant of licence
14. Grant of licence.- The Appropriate Commission may, on an application made to it under section 15, grant a licence to any person--a.     to transmit ele...
15 Procedure for grant of licence
15. Procedure for grant of licence.- 1.     Every application under section 14 shall be made in such form and in such manner as may be specified by the Appr...
16 Conditions of licence
16. Conditions of licence.- The Appropriate Commission may specify any general or specific conditions which shall apply either to a licensee or class of lice...
17 Licensee not to do certain things
17. Licensee not to do certain things.- 1.     No licensee shall, without prior approval of the Appropriate Commission,--a.     undertake any transaction to...
18 Amendment of licence
18. Amendment of licence.- 1.     Where in its opinion the public interest so permits, the Appropriate Commission, may, on the application of the licensee o...
19 Revocation of licence
1.     If the Appropriate Commission, after making an enquiry, is satisfied that public interest so requires, it may revoke a licence in any of the followin...
20 Sale of utilities of licensees
1.     Where the Appropriate Commission revokes under section 19 the licence of any licensee, the following provisions shall apply, namely:--a.     the Appr...
21 Vesting of utility in purchaser
Where a utility is sold under section 20 or section 24, then, upon completion of the sale or on the date on which the utility is delivered to the intending p...
22 Provisions where no purchase takes place
1.     If the utility is not sold in the manner Provided under section 20 or section 24, the Appropriate Commission may, to protect the interest of consumer...
23 Directions to licensees
If the Appropriate Commission is of the opinion that it is necessary or expedient so to do for maintaining the efficient supply, securing the equitable distri...
24 Suspension of distribution licence and sale of utility
1.     If at any time the Appropriate Commission is of the opinion that a distribution licensee--a.     has persistently failed to maintain uninterrupted su...
Part V Transmission of Electricity
25 Inter-State, regional and inter-regional transmission
For the purposes of this Part, the Central Government may, make region-wise demarcation of the country, and, from time-to-time, make such modifications there...
26 National Load Despatch Centre
1.     The Central Government may establish a Centre at the national level, to be known as the National Load Despatch Centre for optimum scheduling and desp...
27 Constitution of Regional Load Despatch Centre
1.     The Central Government shall establish a Centre for each region to be known as the Regional Load Despatch Centre having territorial jurisdiction as d...
28 Functions of Regional Load Despatch Centre
1.     The Regional Load Despatch Centre shall be the apex body to ensure integrated operation of the power system in the concerned region.2.     The Regi...
29 Compliance of directions
1.     The Regional Load Despatch Centre may give such directions and exercise such supervision and control as may be required for ensuring stability of gri...
30 Transmission within a State
The State Commission shall facilitate and promote transmission, wheeling and interconnection arrangements within its territorial jurisdiction for the transmi...
31 Constitution of State Load Despatch Centres
1.     The State Government shall establish a Centre to be known as the State Load Despatch Centre for the purposes of exercising the powers and discharging...
32 Functions of State Load Despatch Centres
1.     The State Load Despatch Centre shall be the apex body to ensure integrated operation of the power system in a State.2.     The State Load Despatch ...
33 Compliance of directions
1.     The State Load Despatch Centre in a State may give such directions and exercise such supervision and control as may be required for ensuring the inte...
34 Grid Standards
Every transmission licensee shall comply with such technical standards, of operation and maintenance of transmission lines, in accordance with the Grid Stand...
35 Intervening transmission facilities
The Appropriate Commission may, on an application by any licensee, by order require any other licensee owning or operating intervening transmission facilitie...
36 Charges for intervening transmission facilities
1.     Every licensee shall, on an order made under section 35, provide his intervening transmission facilities at rates, charges and terms and conditions a...
37 Directions by Appropriate Government
The Appropriate Government may issue directions to the Regional Load Despatch Centres or State Load Despatch Centres, as the case may be; to take such measur...
38 Central Transmission Utility and functions
1.     The Central Government may notify any Government company as the Central Transmission Utility:Provided that the Central Transmission Utility shall not...
39 State Transmission Utility and functions
1.     The State Government may notify the Board or a Government company as the State Transmission Utility:Provided that the State Transmission utility shal...
40 Duties of transmission licensees
It shall be the duty of a transmission licensee--a.     to build, maintain and operate an efficient, co-ordinated and economical inter- State transmission s...
41 Other business of transmission licensee
A transmission licensee may, with prior initimation to the Appropriate Commission, engage in any business for optimum utilisation of its assets:Provided that ...
Part VI Distribution of Electricity
42 Duties of distribution licensee and open access
42. Duties of distribution licensee and open access.- 1.     It shall be the duty of a distribution licensee to develop and maintain an efficient, co-ordina...
43 Duty to supply on request
43. Duty to supply on request.- 1.     Save as otherwise Provided in this Act, every distribution licensee, shall, on an application by the owner or occupie...
44 Exceptions from duty to supply electricity
44. Exceptions from duty to supply electricity.- Nothing contained in section 43 shall be taken as requiring a distribution licensee to give supply of electr...
45 Power to recover charges
45. Power to recover charges.- 1.     Subject to the provisions of this section, the prices to be charged by a distribution licensee for the supply of elect...
46 Power to recover expenditure
46. Power to recover expenditure.- The State Commission may, by regulations, authorise a distribution licensee to charge from a person requiring a supply of ...
47 Power to require security
47. Power to require security.- 1.     Subject to the provisions of this section, a distribution licensee may require any person, who requires a supply of e...
48 Additional terms of supply
48. Additional terms of supply.- A distribution licensee may require any person who requires a supply of electricity in pursuance of section 43 to accept--a....
49 Agreements with respect to supply or purchase of electricity
49. Agreements with respect to supply or purchase of electricity.- Where the Appropriate Commission has allowed open access to certain consumers under section...
50 The Electricity Supply Code
50. The Electricity Supply Code.- The State Commission shall specify an electricity supply code to provide for recovery of electricity charges, intervals for...
51 Other businesses of distribution licensees
51. Other businesses of distribution licensees.- A distribution licensee may, with prior intimation to the Appropriate Commission, engage in any other busine...
52 Provisions with respect to electricity trader
52. Provisions with respect to electricity trader.- 1.     Without prejudice to the provisions contained in clause (c) of section 12, the Appropriate Commis...
53 Provision relating to safety and electricity supply
53. Provision relating to safety and electricity supply.- The Authority may, in consultation with the State Government, specify suitable measures for--a.     ...
54 Control of transmission and use of electricity
54. Control of transmission and use of electricity.- 1.     Save as otherwise exempted under this Act, no person other than the Central Transmission Utility...
55 Use, etc., of meters
55. Use, etc., of meters.- 1.     No licensee shall supply electricity, after the expiry of two years from the appointed date, except through installation o...
56 Disconnection of supply in default of payment
56. Disconnection of supply in default of payment.- 1.     Where any person neglects to pay any charge for electricity or any sum other than a charge for el...
57 Standards of performance of licensee
57. Standards of performance of licensee.- 1.     The Appropriate Commission may, after consultation with the licensees and persons likely to be affected, s...
58 Different standards of performance by licensee
The Appropriate Commission may specify different standards under sub-section (1) of section 57 for a class or classes of licensees....
59 Information with respect to levels of performance
1.     Every licensee shall, within the period specified by the Appropriate Commission, furnish to the Commission the following information, namely:--a.     t...
60 Market domination
60. Market domination.- The Appropriate Commission may issue such directions as it considers appropriate to a licensee or a generating company if such licens...
Part VII Tariff
61 Tariff regulations
61. Tariff regulations.- The Appropriate Commission shall, subject to the provisions of this Act, specify the terms and conditions for the determination of t...
62 Determination of tariff
62. Determination of tariff.- 1.     The Appropriate Commission shall determine the tariff in accordance with the provisions of this Act for--a.     supply ...
63 Determination of tariff by bidding process
63. Determination of tariff by bidding process.- Notwithstanding anything contained in section 62, the Appropriate Commission shall adopt the tariff if such ...
64 Procedure for tariff order
64. Procedure for tariff order.- 1.     An application for determination of tariff under section 62 shall be made by a generating company or licensee in suc...
65 Provision of subsidy by State Government
65. Provision of subsidy by State Government.- If the State Government requires the grant of any subsidy to any consumer or class of consumers in the tariff ...
66 Development of market
66. Development of market.- The Appropriate Commission shall endeavour to promote the development of a market (including trading) in power in such manner as ...
Part VIII Works
67 Provision as to opening up of streets, railways, etc.,
67. Provision as to opening up of streets, railways, etc.- 1.     A licensee may, from time-to-time but subject always to the terms and conditions of his li...
68 Overhead lines
68. Overhead lines.- 1.     An overhead line shall, with prior approval of the Appropriate Government, be installed or kept installed above ground in accorda...
69 Notice to telegraph authority
69. Notice to telegraph authority.- 1.     A licensee shall, before laying down or placing, within ten meters of any telegraph line, electric line, electric...
Part IX Central Electricity Authority
70 Constitution, etc., of Central Electricity Authority
70. Constitution, etc., of Central Electricity Authority.- 1.     There shall be a body to be called the Central Electricity Authority to exercise such func...
71 Members not to have certain interest
71. Members not to have certain interest.- No Member of the Authority shall have any share or interest, whether in his own name or otherwise, in any company ...
72 Officers and staff of Authority
72. Officers and staff of Authority.- The Authority may appoint a Secretary and such other officers and employees as it considers necessary for the performan...
73 Functions and duties of Authority
73. Functions and duties of Authority.- The Authority shall perform such functions and duties as the Central Government may prescribe or direct, and in parti...
74 Power to require statistics and returns
74. Power to require statistics and returns.- It shall be the duty of every licensee, generating company or person generating electricity for its or his own ...
75 Directions by Central Government to Authority
1.     In the discharge of its functions, the Authority shall be guided by such directions in matters of policy involving public interest as the Central Go...
Part X Regulatory Commissions
76 Constitution of Central Commission
76. Constitution of Central Commission.- 1.     There shall be a Commission to be known as the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission to exercise the pow...
77 Qualifications for appointment of Members of Central Commission
77. Qualifications for appointment of Members of Central Commission.- 1.     The Chairperson and the Members of the Central Commission shall be persons havin...
78 Constitution of Selection Committee to recommend Members
78. Constitution of Selection Committee to recommend Members.- 1.     The Central Government shall, for the purposes of selecting the Members of the Appella...
79 Functions of Central Commission
79. Functions of Central Commission.- 1.     The Central Commission shall discharge the following functions, namely:--a.     to regulate the tariff of gener...
80 Central Advisory Committee
1.     The Central Commission may, by notification, establish with effect from such date as it may specify in such notification, a Committee to be known as t...
81 Objects of Central Advisory Committee
81. Objects of Central Advisory Committee.- The objects of the Central Advisory Committee shall be to advise the Central Commission on--      i.        majo...
82 Constitution of State Commission
82. Constitution of State Commission.- 1.     Every State Government shall, within six months from the appointed date, by notification, constitute for the p...
83 Joint Commission
83. Joint Commission.- 1.     Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in section 82, a Joint Commission may be constituted by an agreement to be ...
84 Qualifications for appointment of Chairperson and Members of State Commission
84. Qualifications for appointment of Chairperson and Members of State Commission.- 1.     The Chairperson and the Members of the State Commission shall be p...
85 Constitution of Selection Committee to select Members of State Commission
85. Constitution of Selection Committee to select Members of State Commission.- 1.     The State Government shall, for the purposes of selecting the Members ...
86 Functions of State Commission
86. Functions of State Commission.- 1.     The State Commission shall discharge the following functions, namely:--a.     determine the tariff for generation...
87 State Advisory Committee
87. State Advisory Committee.- 1.     The State Commission may, by notification, establish with effect from such date as it may specify in such notification...
88 Objects of State Advisory Committee
88. Objects of State Advisory Committee.- The objects of the State Advisory Committee shall be to advise the Commission on--      i.        major questions...
89 Term of office and conditions of service of Members
89. Term of office and conditions of service of Members.- 1.     The Chairperson or other Member shall hold office for a term of five years from the date he...
90 Removal of Member
90. Removal of Member.- 1.     No Member shall be removed from office except in accordance with the provisions of this section.2.     The Central Governme...
91 Secretary, officers and other employees of Appropriate Commission
91. Secretary, officers and other employees of Appropriate Commission.- 1.     The Appropriate Commission may appoint a Secretary to exercise such powers and...
92 Proceedings of Appropriate Commission
92. Proceedings of Appropriate Commission.- 1.     The Appropriate Commission shall meet at the head office or any other place at such time as the Chairpers...
93 Vacancies, etc., not to invalidate proceedings
93. Vacancies, etc., not to invalidate proceedings.- No act or proceeding of the Appropriate Commission shall be questioned or shall be invalidated merely on...
94 Powers of Appropriate Commission
94. Powers of Appropriate Commission.- 1.     The Appropriate Commission shall, for the purposes of any inquiry or proceedings under this Act, have the same...
95 Proceedings before Commission
95. Proceedings before Commission.- All proceedings before the Appropriate Commission shall be deemed to be judicial proceedings within the meaning of sectio...
96 Powers of entry and seizure
96. Powers of entry and seizure.- The Appropriate Commission or any officer, not below the rank of a Gazetted Officer specially authorised in this behalf by ...
97 Delegation
97. Delegation.- The Appropriate Commission may, by general or special order in writing, delegate to any Member, Secretary, officer of the Appropriate Commiss...
98 Grants and loans by Central Government
98. Grants and loans by Central Government.- The Central Government may, after due appropriation made by Parliament in this behalf, make to the Central Commi...
99 Establishment of Fund by Central Government
99. Establishment of Fund by Central Government.- 1.     There shall be constituted a Fund to be called the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission Fund a...
100 Accounts and audit of Central Commission
1.     The Central Commission shall maintain proper accounts and other relevant records and prepare an annual statement of accounts in such form as may be pre...
101 Annual report of Central Commission
101. Annual report of Central Commission.- 1.     The Central Commission shall prepare once every year, in such form and at such time as may be prescribed, ...
102 Grants and loans by State Government
102. Grants and loans by State Government.- The State Government may, after due appropriation made by Legislature of a State in this behalf, make to the Stat...
103 Establishment of Fund by State Government
103. Establishment of Fund by State Government.- 1.     There shall be constituted a Fund to be called the State Electricity Regulatory Commission Fund and ...
104 Accounts and audit of State Commission
104. Accounts and audit of State Commission.- 1.     The State Commission shall maintain proper accounts and other relevant records and prepare annual state...
105 Annual report of State Commission
105. Annual report of State Commission.- 1.     The State Commission shall prepare once every year in such form and at such time as may be prescribed, an an...
106 Budget of Appropriate Commission
106. Budget of Appropriate Commission.- The Appropriate Commission shall prepare, in such form and at such time in each financial year as may be prescribed, ...
107 Directions by Central Government
107. Directions by Central Government.- 1.     In the discharge of its functions, the Central Commission shall be guided by such directions in matters of po...
108 Directions by State Government
108. Directions by State Government.- 1.     In the discharge of its functions, the State Commission shall be guided by such directions in matters of policy...
109 Directions to Joint Commission
109. Directions to Joint Commission.- Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, where any Joint Commission is established under section 83--a.     the...
Part XI Appellate Tribunal for Electricity
110 Establishment of Appellate Tribunal
The Central Government shall, by notification, establish an Appellate Tribunal to be known as the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity to hear appeals against t...
111 Appeal to Appellate Tribunal
111. Appeal to Appellate Tribunal.- 1.     Any person aggrieved by an order made by an adjudicating officer under this Act (except under section 127) or an ...
112 Composition of Appellate Tribunal
112. Composition of Appellate Tribunal.- 1.     The Appellate Tribunal shall consist of a Chairperson and three other Members.2.     Subject to the provisi...
113 Qualifications for appointment of Chairperson and Member of Appellate Tribunal
113. Qualifications for appointment of Chairperson and Member of Appellate Tribunal.- 1.     A person shall not be qualified for appointment as the Chairpers...
114 Term of office
114. Term of office.- The Chairperson of the Appellate Tribunal or a Member of the Appellate Tribunal shall hold office as such for a term of three years from...
115 Terms and conditions of service
115. Terms and conditions of service.- The salary and allowances payable to, and the other terms and conditions of service of, the Chairperson of the Appella...
116 Vacancies
If, for reason other than temporary absence, any vacancy occurs in the office of the Chairperson of the Appellate Tribunal or a Member of the Appellate Tribun...
117 Resignation and removal
117. Resignation and removal.- 1.     The Chairperson of the Appellate Tribunal or a Member of the Appellate Tribunal may, by notice in writing under his ha...
118 Member to act as Chairperson in certain circumstances
118. Member to act as Chairperson in certain circumstances.- 1.     In the event of the occurrence of any vacancy in the office of the Chairperson of the Ap...
119 Officers and other employees of Appellate Tribunal
119. Officers and other employees of Appellate Tribunal.- 1.     The Central Government shall provide the Appellate Tribunal with such officers and other em...
120 Procedure and powers of Appellate Tribunal
120. Procedure and powers of Appellate Tribunal.- 1.     The Appellate Tribunal shall not be bound by the procedure laid down by the Code of Civil Procedure...
121 Power of Chairperson of Appellate Tribunal
121. Power of Chairperson of Appellate TribunalThe Chairperson of the Appellate Tribunal shall exercise general power of super-intendance and control over the ...
122 Distribution of business amongst Benches and transfer of cases from one Bench to another Bench
122. Distribution of business amongst Benches and transfer of cases from one Bench to another Bench.- 1.     Where Benches are constituted, the Chairperson ...
123 Decision to be by majority
If the Members of the Appellate Tribunal of a Bench consisting of two Members differ in opinion on any point, they shall state the point or points on which th...
124 Right of appellant to take assistance of legal practitioner and of Appropriate Commission to appoint presenting officers
124. Right of appellant to take assistance of legal practitioner and of Appropriate Commission to appoint presenting officers.- 1.     A person preferring a...
125 Appeal to Supreme Court
125. Appeal to Supreme Court.- Any person aggrieved by any decision or order of the Appellate Tribunal, may, file an appeal to the Supreme Court within sixty...
Part XII Investigation and Enforcement
126 Assessment
126. Assessment.- 1.     If on an inspection of any place or premises or after inspection of the equipments, gadgets, machines, devices found connected or us...
127 Appeal to appellate authority
127. Appeal to appellate authority.- 1.     Any person aggrieved by a final order made under section 126 may, within thirty days of the said order, prefer a...
128 Investigation of certain matters
128. Investigation of certain matters.- 1.     The Appropriate Commission may, on being satisfied that a licensee has failed to comply with any of the condi...
129 Orders for securing compliance
129. Orders for securing compliance.- 1.     Where the Appropriate Commission, on the basis of material in its possession, is satisfied that a licensee is c...
130 Procedure for issuing directions by Appropriate Commission
130. Procedure for issuing directions by Appropriate Commission.- The Appropriate Commission, before issuing any direction under section 129, shall--a.     s...
Part XIII Reorganisation of Board
131 Vesting of property of Board in State Government
1.     With effect from the date on which a transfer scheme, prepared by the State Government to give effect to the objects and purposes of this Act, is publi...
132 Use of proceeds of sale or transfer of Board, etc.,
132. Use of proceeds of sale or transfer of Board, etc.- In the event that a Board or any utility owned or controlled by the Appropriate Government is sold o...
133 Provisions relating to officers and employees
133. Provisions relating to officers and employees.- 1.     The State Government may, by a transfer scheme, provide for the transfer of the officers and emp...
134 Payment of compensation of damages or transfer
Notwithstanding anything contained in the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 (14 of 1947) or any other law for the time being in force and except for the provision...
Part XIV Offences and Penalties
135 Theft of electricity
135. Theft of electricity.- 1.     Whoever, dishonestly,-a.     taps, makes or causes to be made any connection with overhead, underground or under water li...
136 Theft of electric lines and materials
136. Theft of electric lines and materials.- 1.     Whoever, dishonestly--a.     cuts or removes or takes away or transfers any electric line, material or m...
137 Punishment for receiving stolen property
137. Punishment for receiving stolen property.- Whoever, dishonestly receives any stolen electric line or material knowing or having reasons to believe the s...
138 Interference with meters or works of licensee
138. Interference with meters or works of licensee.- 1.     Whoever,--a.     unauthorisedly connects any meter, indicator or apparatus with any electric line...
139 Negligently wasting electricity or injuring works
139. Negligently breaking or damaging works.- Whoever, negligently breaks, injures, throws down or damages any material connected with the supply of electric...
140 Penalty for maliciously wasting electricity or injuring works
140. Penalty for intentionally injuring works.- Whoever, with intent to cut off the supply of electricity, cuts or injures, or attempts to cut or injure, any...
141 Extinguishing public lamps
Whoever, maliciously extinguishes any public lamp shall be punishable with fine which may extend to two thousand rupees....
142 Punishment for non-compliance of directions by Appropriate Commission
In case any complaint is filed before the Appropriate Commission by any person or if that Commission is satisfied that any person has contravened any of the p...
143 Power to adjudicate
143. Power to adjudicate.- 1.     For the purpose of adjudging under this Act, the Appropriate Commission shall appoint any of its Members to be an adjudica...
144 Factors to be taken into account by adjudicating officer
144. Factors to be taken into account by adjudicating officer.- While adjudicating the quantum of penalty under section 29 or section 33 or section 43, the a...
145 Civil court not to have jurisdiction
145. Civil court not to have jurisdiction.- No civil court shall have jurisdiction to entertain any suit or proceeding in respect of any matter which an asse...
146 Punishment for non-compliance of orders of directions
146. Punishment for non-compliance of orders of directions.- Whoever, fails to comply with any order or direction given under this Act, within such time as m...
147 Penalties not to affect other liabilities
147. Penalties not to affect other liabilities.- The penalties imposed under this Act shall be in addition to, and not in derogation of, any liability in res...
148 Penalty where works belong to Government
The provisions of this Act shall, so far as they are applicable, be deemed to apply also when the acts made punishable there under are committed in the case o...
149 Offences by companies
149. Offences by companies.- 1.     Where an offence under this Act has been committed by a company, every person who at the time of offence was committed w...
150 Abetment
150. Abetment.- 1.     Whoever abets an offence punishable under this Act, shall, notwithstanding anything contained in the Indian Penal Code, be punished wi...
151 Cognizance of offences
151. Cognizance of offences.- No court shall take congnizance of an offence punishable under this Act except upon a complaint in writing made by Appropriate ...
151A Power of police to investigate
151A. Power of police to investigate.- For the purposes of investigation of an offence punishable under this Act, the police officer shall have all the power...
151B Certain offences to be cognizable and non-bailable
151B. certain offences to be cognizable and non-bailable.- Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, an offence punishable ...
152 Compounding of offences
152. Compounding of offences.- 1.     Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974), the Appropriate Government or ...
Part XV Special Courts
153 Constitution of Special Courts
1.     The State Government may, for the purposes of providing speedy trial of offences referred to in sections 135 to 140 and section 150, by notification in...
154 Procedure and power of Special Court
154. Procedure and power of Special Court.- 1.     Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974), every offence pun...
155 Special Court to have powers of Court of session
155. Special Court to have powers of Court of Session.- Save as otherwise Provided in this Act, the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, insofar as they are not...
156 Appeal and revision
156. Appeal and revision.- The High Court may exercise, so far as may be applicable, all the powers conferred by Chapters XXIX and XXX of the Code of Crimina...
157 Review
157. Review.- The Special Court may, on a petition or otherwise and in order to prevent miscarriage of justice, review its judgment or order passed under sect...
Part XVI Dispute Resolution
158 Arbitration
Where any matter is, by or under this Act, directed to be determined by arbitration, the matter shall, unless it is otherwise expressly provided in the licenc...
Part XVII Other Provisions
159 Protection of railways, highways, airports and canals, docks, wharfs and piers
159. Protection of railways, highways, airports and canals, docks, wharfs and piers.- No person shall, in the generation, transmission, distribution, supply o...
160 Protection of telegraphic, telephonic and electric signalling lines
160. Protection of telegraphic, telephonic and electric signalling lines.- 1.     Every person generating, transmitting, distributing, supplying or using ele...
161 Notice of accidents and inquiries
161. Notice of accidents and inquiries.- 1.     If any accident occurs in connection with the generation, transmission, distribution, supply or use of elect...
162 Appointment of Chief Electrical Inspector and Electrical Inspector
162. Appointment of Chief Electrical Inspector and Electrical Inspector.- 1.     The Appropriate Government may, by notification, appoint duly qualified pers...
163 Power for licensee to enter premises and to remove fittings or other apparatus of license
163. Power for licensee to enter premises and to remove fittings or other apparatus of licensee.- 1.     A licensee or any person duly authorised by a licen...
164 Exercise of powers of Telegraph Authority in certain cases
The Appropriate Government may, by order in writing, for the placing of electric lines or electrical plant for the transmission of electricity or for the purp...
165 Amendment of sections 40 and 41 of Act 1 of 1894
165. Amendment of sections 40 and 41 of Act 1 of 1894.- 1.     In section 40, sub-section (1) of clause (b) and section 41, sub-section (5) of the Land Acqu...
Part XVIII Miscellaneous
166 Coordination Forum
1.     The Central Government shall constitute a coordination forum consisting of the Chairperson of the Central Commission and Members thereof, the Chairper...
167 Exemption of electric lines or electrical plants from attachment in certain cases
167. Exemption of electric lines or electrical plants from attachment in certain cases.- Where any electric lines or electrical plant, belonging to licensee a...
168 Protection of action taken in good faith
168. Protection of action taken in good faith.- No suit, prosecution or other proceeding shall lie against the Appropriate Government or Appellate Tribunal o...
169 Members, officers, etc., of Appellate Tribunal, Appropriate Commission to be public servants
The Chairperson, Members, officers and other employees of the Appellate Tribunal and the Chairperson, Member, Secretary, officers and other employees of the A...
170 Recovery of penalty payable under this Act
170. Recovery of penalty payable under this Act.- Any penalty payable by a person under this Act, if not paid, may be recovered as if it were an arrear of la...
171 Services of notices, orders or documents
171. Services of notices, orders or documents.- 1.     Every notice, order or document by or under this Act required, or authorised to be addressed to any p...
172 Transitional provisions
172. Transitional provisions.- Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Act,--a.     a State Electricity Board constituted under the repea...
173 Inconsistency in laws
173. Inconsistency in laws.- Nothing contained in this Act or any rule or regulation made there under or any instrument having effect by virtue of this Act, ...
174 Act to have overriding effect
174. Act to have overriding effect.- Save as otherwise Provided in section 173, the provisions of this Act shall have effect notwithstanding anything inconsi...
175 Provisions of this Act to be in addition to and not in derogation of other laws
175. Provisions of this Act to be in addition to and not in derogation of other laws.- The provisions of this Act are in addition to and not in derogation of ...
176 Power of Central Government to make rules
176. Power of Central Government to make rules.- 1.     The Central Government may, by notification, make rules for carrying out the provisions of this Act....
177 Powers of Authority to make regulations
177. Powers of Authority to make regulations.- 1.     The Authority may, by notification, make regulations consistent with this Act and the rules generally ...
178 Powers of Central Commission to make regulations
178. Powers of Central Commission to make regulations.- 1.     The Central Commission may, by notification make regulations consistent with this Act and the...
179 Rules and regulations to be laid before Parliament
Every rule made by the Central Government, every regulation made by the Authority, and every regulation made by the Central Commission shall be laid, as soon ...
180 Powers of State Governments to make rules
180. Powers of State Governments to make rules.- 1.     The State Government may, by notification, make rules for carrying out the provisions of this Act.2....
181 Powers of State Commissions to make regulations
181. Powers of State Commissions to make regulations.- 1.     The State Commissions may, by notification, make regulations consistent with this Act and the ...
182 Rules and regulations to be laid before State Legislature
182. Rules and regulations to be laid before State Legislature.- Every rule made by the State Government and every regulation made by the State Commission sha...
183 Power to remove difficulties
183. Power to remove difficulties.- 1.     If any difficulty arises in giving effect to the provisions of this Act, the Central Government may, by order pub...
184 Provisions of Act not to apply in certain cases
184. Provisions of Act not to apply in certain cases.- The provisions of this Act shall not apply to the Ministry or Department of the Central Government dea...
185 Repeal and saving
185. Repeal and saving.- 1.     Save as otherwise Provided in this Act, the Indian Electricity Act, 1910 (9 of 1910), the Electricity (Supply) Act, 1948 (54...
Schedules Enactments
ScheduleSub-section (3) of section 185Enactments1. The Orissa Electricity Reform Act, 1995 (Orissa Act No. 2 of 1996)2. The Haryana Electricity Reform Act, 1...
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