Maharashtra State Elect.Board,
Mercantile Bank Building,
Dated: 5th April 1982.
General Circular (Comm) No.45
New Service connection - verification of the Bonafides
of the Occupancies.
releasing new senrlce connection to any premises,
it is necessary to verify whether the applicant is
a Lawful owner or occupier of the premises. Sincethe
Field Officers encounter difficulties in practice
for determining whether the applicant Is a Lawful
occupier, enclosed are the guidelines as to who can
be treated as lawful occupier which
has been reproduced from Barucha's Book known as I.E.
Act 1910, 1967 Ed.
It may however be noted that individual cases may
be scrutinlsed thoroughly before releasing connection.
Chief Engineer (RE & Com)
Indian Electricity Act 1910.
Who is a Lawful Occupier? Since now the permission
of the landlord for installing a connection is not
necessary in practice cases of applicants for supply
are encountered where the lawful occupation may not
be so obvious, and electricity supply undertakings
or suppliers need some criteria by which to be guided
as to who may be safely considered as "LawfJ occupiers",
so that on one hand they may not make a default, due
to excessive precaution, in compliance of their statutory
obligation to give supply
to an applicant under Clause VI of the Schedule to
the Act and on the other hand do not incurany liability
as tresp asser by presuming an applicant to be a lawful