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Electricity Rules, 1937

 

27th March 1937

            Notification No. S. 601, In exercise of the powers conferred by section 37 of the Electricity Act, 1910 (IX of 1910), and in supersession of the Electricity Rules, 1922, the Central Government is pleased after previous publication to make the following Rules applicable to the whole of Pakistan, to regulate the generation, transmission, supply and use of energy, and generally to carry out the purposes and objects of the said Act: –

 

 

 

CHAPTER 1

PRELIMINARY

1. Short title. These Rules may be called the Electricity Rules, 1937.

2. Definitions. (1) In these Rules, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context: –

(a) 'The Act' means the Electricity Act, 1910 (IX of 1910);

(b) 'Ampere' means a unit of electric current, and is the electric current which, when passed through a solution of nitrate of silver, in water in accordance with the specification set out in Annexure I deposits silver at the rate of 0.001118 of a gramme per second;

The aforesaid unit is represented by the current which is passing in and through the coils of wire forming part of the instrument marked 'Government of Pakistan Ampere Standard Verified' when the suspended coil in its sighted position is exactly balanced by the force exerted by gravity in Calcutta on the iridio platinum weight forming part of the said instrument;

(c) 'Annexure' means an Annexure to these Rules;

(d) 'Apparatus' means electrical apparatus, and includes all apparatus, machines, and fittings in which conductors are used, or of which they form a part;

(e) 'Bare' means not covered with insulating material;

(f) 'Circuit' means an electrical circuit forming a system or branch of system ;

(g) 'Concentric system' means a system in which a conductor, called the inner conductor, is insulated and in which the circuit is completed through one or more conductors, called the outer conductors, which are insulated from one another and are disposed over the insulation of, and more or less completely round, the inner conductor ;

(h) 'Conductor' means an electrical conductor arranged to be electrically connected to a system ;

(i) 'Covered with insulating material' means adequately covered with insulating material of such quality and thickness that there is no danger ;

(j) 'Cut-out' means appliance for automatically interrupting the transmission of energy through any conductor when the current rises above a predetermined amount;

(k) 'Danger' means danger to health or danger to life or limb from shock, burn, or other injury to persons, or from fire or explosion, attendant upon generation, transformation, distribution, or use of energy;

(l) 'Dead' means at or about earth potential, and disconnected from any live system, provided that apparatus separated from a live conductor by a spark gap shall not be considered dead ;

(m) 'Distributing licensee' means a licensee who obtains from another licensee or other source a supply of energy in bulk for distribution;

(n) 'Earthed' or 'connected with earth' means connected with the general mass of earth in such manner as to ensure at all times an immediate discharge of energy without danger;

(o) 'Earthing system' means an electrical system in which all the conductors are earthed ;

(p) 'Electrician' means a person who is over 21 years of age and is competent for the purpose of the Rule in which the term is used and who has been appointed in writing by the lessee, owner, agent or manager of any apparatus for the purpose of supervising it;

(q) 'Inspector' means an Electric Inspector appointed under section 36;

(r) 'Inspector of Mines' means an Inspector appointed under the Mines Act, 1923 [IV of 1923];

(s) 'Live' means electrically charged;

(t) 'Metallic covering' means iron or steel armouring, with or without a lead or other metallic sheath as the conditions of the case may require, or an iron or steel pipe surrounding one or more conductors ;

(u) 'Neutral conductor' means that conductor of a multiwire system, the pressure of which is normally intermediate between the pressures of the other conductors of the system ;

(v) 'Non-licensee' means a person generating, supplying, transmitting or using energy to whom any of the provisions of Part III of the Act apply;

(w) 'Ohm' means a unit of electric resistance, and is the resistance offered to an electric current by a column of mercury at the temperature of melting ice 14-4521 grammes in mass of an uniform cross-sectional area and of a length of 106-3 centimeters; the aforesaid unit is represented by the resistance between the terminals of the instrument marked 'Government of Pakistan Ohm Standard Verified' to the passage of an electric current the coil of wire forming part of the aforesaid instrument and connected to the aforesaid terminals is in all parts at a temperature of 30°C ;

(x) 'Open sparking' means sparking which owing to the lack of adequate provisions for preventing the ignition of inflammable gas external to the apparatus would ignite such inflammable gas ;

(y) 'Owner', 'agent' or 'manager' of a mine have the same meanings as are assigned to them in sections 3(g), (3)(a) and 15(l), respectively, of the Mines Act, 1923 (IV of 1923);

(z) 'Pressure' means the difference of electric potential measured in volts between any two conductors, or between any part of either conductor and the earth as measured by a suitable voltmeter, and is said to be :–

(i) 'Low' where the normal pressure is not greater than 250 volts, and the pressure in no circumstances exceed 263 volts;

(ii) 'Medium' where the normal pressure is greater than 250 volts but is not greater than 650 volts, and the pressure in no circumstances exceeds 683 volts;

(iii) 'High' where the normal pressure exceeds 650 volts of the pressure at any time exceeds 683 volts;

(aa) 'Section' means a section of the Act; .

(bb) 'Switchgear' means switches, cut-outs of fuses, conductors, and other apparatus in connection therewith, used for the purpose of controlling the current or pressure in any system or part of a system;

(cc) 'System' means an electrical system in which all the conductors and apparatus are electrically connected to a common source of pressure ;

(dd) 'Volt' means a unit of electro-motive force, and is the electric pressure which, when steadily applied to a conductor whose resistance is one ohm, will produce a current of one ampere ; and

(ee) 'Watt' means a unit of power, and is the energy expended per second by an electric current of one ampere under an electric pressure of one volt.

Explanation.- With alternating current the product of the instaneous value of the amperes and the instaneous value of the volts gives the instaneous value of the power in watts, and the mean value, over a whole period, is the power in watts.

(2) In these Rules other words and expressions have the same meaning as are assigned to them in the Act.

3. Authorization. (1) A licensee, a non-licensee or a consumer, or the owner, agent or manager of a mine, or the agent of any company operating in an oil-field, or the owner of a drilled well in an oil-field, or a contractor for the time being under contract with a licensee, a non-licensee or a consumer, to carry out duties incidental to the generation, transformation, distribution or use of energy may authorise any person for the purpose of any or all of the following Rules, namely, Rules 43, 60, 64 (1), 96 (2), 105 (1), 108 (4) and 109.

(2) No person shall be authorised under Sub-rule (1) unless he is competent to perform the duties specified in the Rules for the purpose of which he is authorised.

(3) No person shall be deemed to be authorised under Sub-rule (1) unless his name has been entered in a list maintained at the office or premises of the person authorizing him, and giving the purposes for which such person is authorised, and the entry has been attested by the person authorizing him.

(4) Every list maintained under sub-rule (3) shall be produced before an Inspector when required.

 

 

CHAPTER II

 INSPECTORS

4. Qualification of Inspector. No person shall be appointed to be an Inspector unless :-

(a) He has had at least five years' practical experience in an electrical or mechanical engineering workshop or electric power station ; and

(b) After acquiring such experience, he has been regularly engaged for a period of at least five years in the practice of electrical engineering :

Provided that the Central Government or the Provincial Government, as the case may be, may appoint any person not so qualified if in their opinion such person is otherwise fully qualified to exercise the power and perform the functions of an Inspector.

5. Entry and Inspection. (1) Any Inspector or any officer appointed to assist an Inspector may enter, inspect and examine any place, carriage or vessel in which he has reason to believe that there is any appliance or apparatus used in the generation, transmission, supply or use of energy, and may carry out tests therein.

(2) Every licensee, non-licensee, consumer and occupier shall afford at all times all reasonable facilities to any such Inspector or officer to make such examinations and tests as may be necessary to satisfy himself as to the due observance of the Act, the licence (if any) and these Rules.

(3) Every licensee and every non-licensee supplying energy with the previous sanction of the Provincial Government under section 28 shall, if required so to do by an Inspector, provide means for carrying out all tests prescribed by or under the Act of the appliances or apparatus used for the supply of energy by him.

(4) An Inspector may serve an order in the Form set out in Annexure VIII upon any licensee, non-licensee, consumer or occupier, calling upon him to comply with any specified Rule, and the person so served shall thereupon comply with the order within the period named therein, and shall report in writing to the Inspector when the order is complied with :

Provided that, if within that period an appeal is filed against the order the appellate authority may suspend its operation pending the decision of the appeal.

6. Limitation of appeals. No appeal from any decision of an Inspector shall be entertained unless it is preferred within three months of the date of the communication to the appellant of the decision.

7. Amount of fees. (1) The fees set out in Annexure II shall be payable in respect of the services therein mentioned, where the tests are carried out by comparison with the Government of Pakistan Standards referred to in Rule 2(1),

(2) The Central Government or the Provincial Government, as the case may be, may levy such fees for testing and inspection and generally for the services of Inspectors as he or it may, from time to time, by general or special order, direct; and may, if he thinks fit, remit any fee or any portion thereof.

8. Incidence of fees. Where an Inspector is called in to decide any difference or dispute, and where a fee for such service is recoverable, the Inspector shall decide by whom such fee shall by payable.

9. Submission of records. An Inspector may require a licensee and a licensee may require an Inspector to submit to such Inspector or licensee for examination any records of tests made in connection with the licensee's works by the licensee or the Inspector ; and the licensee or Inspector shall comply with such requisition.

10. List of consumers. 'An Inspector may require a licensee or non-licensee to submit to him a list of all persons supplied with the energy by him at a pressure exceeding low pressure and of the addresses at which such energy is supplied ; and the licensee or non-licensee shall comply with such requisition.

 

  

CHAPTER III

LICENCES

11. Application for licences.— (1) Every, application for a licence shall be signed by, or on behalf of, the applicant and addressed to such officer as the Provincial Government may designate in this behalf, and it shall be accompanied by—

(a) Six copies in print, of the draft licence as proposed by the applicant, with the name and address of the applicant and of his agent (if any) printed on the outside of the draft;

(b) Three copies, signed by the applicant, of a map of the proposed area of supply, which shall be so marked or coloured as to define any portion of such area which is under the administration of any local authority and shall be on a scale—

(i) Of not less than six inches to a mile, or

(ii) If no such map is available, of not less than that of the largest scale ordinarily available, or

(iii) Such as may be approved by the Provincial Government;

(c) A list of any local authorities invested with administration of any portion of the area of supply ;

(d) An approximate statement describing any lands which the applicant proposes to acquire for the purpose of the licence under the provisions of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 [1 of 1894] ;

(e) An approximate is a company which is registered under any of the enactments relating to companies for the time being in force in Pakistan, or in any other part of His Majesty's Dominions, or is incorporated by an Act of Parliament or of the Governor-General in Council or by Royal Charter or Letters Patent, a copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association ; and

(g) A treasury receipt for a fee of five hundred rupees paid into a Government treasury in the Province concerned, unless such fee is remitted, wholly or in part, by general or special order of the Provincial Government.

(2) If the application for a licence is rejected or if a licence is revoked under sub-section (3) of section 4 as to the whole or any part of the area of supply, the Provincial Government may at its discretion refund, wholly or in part, the fee referred to in clause (g) of Sub-rule (1).

12. Copies of map and draft licence for public inspection.–The applicant shall deposit at his own office and at that of his agents (if any) and at the office of every local authority invested with the administration of any portion of the proposed area of supply—

(a) A copy of the map referred to in clause (b) of Sub-rule (1) of Rule 11 for public inspection ; and

(b) A sufficient number of copies of the draft licence to be furnished to all persons applying for them at a price not exceeding one rupee per copy.

13. Contents of draft licence. The draft licence shall contain the following particulars, namely :–

(a) A short title descriptive of the proposed undertaking, together with the address and description of the applicant, or, in the case of a firm, the names of all the individual members of the firm ;

(b) A statement of the boundaries of the proposed area of supply;

(c) If the generating station is situated, or is to be situated, outside the area of supply or if any intervening area, not included in the area of supply, to be crossed, a list of the streets not included in the area of supply along or across which electric supply-lines area to be laid down or placed ;

(d) The proposed conditions of supply, including the maximum prices, the nature and amount of the supply (if limited) and the like ;

(e) A list of the streets (if any) which are repairable neither by Government nor by a local authority and of the railways and temporary (if any) the soil or pavement of which the applicant seeks powers to open or break up, and the names of the persons by whom such streets are repairable, or who are for the time being entitled to work such railway or tramway ;

(f) The proposed periods after which the right to purchase is to take effect;

(g) a statement of any special terms of purchase or orders proposed to be made under section 10 ; and

(h) Any proposed modification of the Schedule to the Act to be made under clause (f) of Sub-section (2) of Section 3.

14. Form of draft licence. The Form of draft licence contained in Annexure III may, with such variation as the circumstances of each case require, be used for the purposes of Rule 11, and, if used, shall be sufficient.

15. Advertisement of application and contents thereof. (1) The applicant shall, within fourteen days from the submission of the application under Rule 11, publish notice of his application by public advertisement, and such advertisement shall consist of—

(a) The draft licence,

(b) The addresses of the offices at which, under Rule 12, copies of the map therein referred to may be inspected and copies of the draft licence obtained.

(2) The advertisement shall be headed by a short title corresponding with that at the end of draft licence, and shall state that every local authority, company or person, desirous of making any representation with reference to the application to the Provincial Government, may do so by letter addressed to such officer as the Provincial Government may designate in this behalf, within three months of the date of issue of the newspaper containing the first advertisement.

(3) The advertisement shall be inserted by the applicant in at least three successive issues of such newspaper as the Provincial Government having regard to its circulation among persons likely to be interested, may direct, and, in the absence of any such direction in at least three successive issues of any newspaper published within the proposed area of supply, or if there is no such newspaper of any newspaper published within the Province.

(4) The applicant shall send a copy of each of three successive issues of the newspaper containing the advertisement to such officer as the Provincial Government may designate in this behalf as soon as third issue has appeared, and the Provincial Government shall publish the advertisement published under sub-clause (3) : Provided that any failure or delay on the part of the Provincial Government in publishing the advertisement shall not, of itself, preclude the grant of a licence.

16. Amendment of draft licence. Any person who desires to have any amendment made in the draft licence shall deliver a statement of the amendment to the applicant and to such officer as the Provincial Government may designate in this behalf within the time allowed under Sub-rule (2) of Rule 15 for the submission of representations referring to the application.

17. Local inquiries. It any person locally interested objects to the grant of a licence applied for under the Act, the Provincial Government shall if either the applicant or the objector so desires, cause a local inquiry to be held, of which due notice shall be given to both applicant and objector : Provided that the Provincial Government may refuse such an inquiry if in its opinion the objection is of a trifling or vexatious nature.

18. Approval of draft licence. When the Provincial Government has approved a draft licence, either in original form or in a modified form, such officer as the Provincial Government may designate in this behalf shall inform the applicant of such approval and of the form in which it is proposed to grant the licence.

19. Notification of grant of licence. On receiving an intimation in writing from the applicant that he is willing to accept a licence in the form approved by the Provincial Government the Provincial Government shall publish the licence by notification in the Official Gazette, together with a statement that it has been granted.

20. Date of commencement of licence. The date of a notification under Rule 19 shall be deemed to be the date of commencement of a licence.

21. Deposit of map. When a licence has been granted, a map showing, as regards such licence, the particulars specified in clause (b) of Sub-rule (1) of Rule 11 shall be signed and dated to correspond with the date of the notification of the grant of the licence by such officer as the Provincial Government may designate in this behalf and retained by him as the deposited map.

22. Deposit of printed copies. When a licence has been granted, the licensee shall, within three days, deposit printed copies of the licence together with copies of the map for public inspection at his own office and at that agents (if any) and at the office of every local authority within the area of supply, and shall furnish printed copies of the licence to all persons applying for them at a price not exceeding one rupee per copy.

23. Application for written consent of Provincial Government in certain cases.— If a licensee desires the written consent of the Provincial Government under Sub-section (5) of section 2 to enable him to open or break up the soil or pavement of any street which is repairable neither by Government nor by a local authority, or any railway or tramway, he shall, apply for such consent in writing to such officer as the Provincial Government may designate in this 'behalf, and shall describe accurately the street, railway or tramway which he seeks power to open or break up and the names of persons by whom such street is repairable, or who are for the time being entitled to work such railway or tramway, and the extent to which he propose to open or break-up the same.

24. Amendment of licence. (1) No alterations or amendments in the terms and conditions of any licence shall be made under clause (b) of sub-section (3) of section 4 until they have been published by the applicant and by the Provincial Government, and the provisions of Sub-rules (2), (3) and (4) of Rule 15 shall apply to such publication.

(2) If any such alteration or amendment as is referred to in Sub-rule 1 is made, it shall be notified by the Provincial Government in the Official Gazette.

 

 

 

CHAPTER IV

CONDITIONS OF SUPPLY BY LICENSEE

25. Precautions against leakage before connection. (1) A licensee shall not connect with his works the apparatus on the premises of any applicant for a supply unless he is reasonably satisfied that the connection will not at the time of making the connection cause a leakage from that apparatus exceeding are five-thousandth part of the maximum supply demanded on the applicant's premises.

(2) If a licensee declines to make a connection in accordance with sub-rule (1), he shall serve upon the applicant a notice stating reason for so declining.

26. Leakage on consumer's premises. If a licensee has reason to believe that there is in the system of a consumer leakage which is likely to cause danger, he may give the consumer reasonable notice in writing that he desires to inspect and test the apparatus,

(2) If on such notice being given :

(a) He consumer does not give all reasonable facilities for inspection and testing, or

(b) A leakage from the consumer's system exceeding one five-thousandth part of the maximum supply required by the consumer is shown to exist, the licensee may forthwith discontinue to supply energy to the system in question; giving immediate notice of the discontinuance to the consumer, and need to recommence the supply until he is satisfied that the cause of the leakage has been removed.

27. Appeal to Inspector in regard to leakage. (1) If an applicant for a supply or a consumer is dissatisfied with the action of a licensee under the Rule 25 or Rule 26 in declining to make a connection or in discontinuing, or in not recommencing the supply of energy to his system, he may appeal to an Inspector, and the Inspector or under his orders any other officer appointed to assist the Inspector shall, on such application and on payment of the fee fixed under Sub-rule (2) of Rule 7, test the apparatus for the existence of leakage.

(2) The test shall be carried out within forty-eight hours of the receipt of the application for it or of the payment of the fee under Sub-rule, (1) whichever is later.

(3) If the Inspector or other officer, as aforesaid, on testing finds that the leakage from the appellant's system is less than one five-thousandth part of the maximum supply required by the appellant, the Inspector shall notify the licensee, and the licensee shall within twenty four hours, commence or continue the supply of energy, and the licensee shall pay to the appellant an amount equal to the fee paid by the appellant to the Inspector under Sub-rule (1), if the Inspector so directs.

(4) This Rule shall be endorsed on every notice given under the provisions of Rule 25 or Rule 26.

28. Declared pressure of supply to consumers. Before commencing to supply energy to a consumer, a licensee shall declare to the consumer the pressure at which he undertakes to supply energy and he shall not, without the written consent of the consumer or the previous sanction of the Provincial Government, permit the pressure to vary therefrom by more than 5 per cent in the case of low or medium pressure, or by more than 12½ per cent in the case of high pressure :

Provided that, for the purposes of testing or for any other purposes connected with the efficient working of the undertaking, the supply of the energy may be discontinued by the licensee for such period as may be necessary subject (except in cases of emergency) to not less than twenty-four hours' notice being given by the licensee to all consumers likely to be affected by such discontinuance; and in the event of any such consumer objecting, the supply of energy shall not be discontinued (except in cases of emergency) without the consent of the Provincial Government and subject to such conditions as it may impose.

29. Declared frequency of supply to consumers. From the time of commencing the supply of energy to a consumer by means of an alternating current a licensee shall declare to the consumer the frequency at which he undertakes to supply energy and the licensee shall not, without the written consent of the consumer or the previous sanction of the Provincial Government, permit the frequency to vary therefrom by more than 4 per cent.

30. Examination of licensee's records by consumer. A consumer may, after giving not less than twenty-four hours' notice to the licensee, enter any testing station established by the licensee, in accordance with clause XIII of the Schedule to the Act, and may examine the records of the tests made therein ; and he may also take copies of or extracts from such records on payment to the licensee of a sum of one rupee for every such examination of a record covering a period of twenty-four hours or any part of twenty-four hours.

31. Sealing of meters. (1) A licensee may affix one or more seals to any meter, maximum demand indicator, or other apparatus placed upon a consumer's premises in accordance with section 26, and to any cut-out placed upon a consumer's premises in accordance with Rule 40, and no person other than the licensee shall break any such seal.

(2) The consumer shall use all reasonable means in his power to ensure that no such seal is broken otherwise than by the licensee.

32. Limits of errors in the meter's. The limits of error permissible, in a meter placed upon a consumer's premises in accordance with the section 26 are for the purposes of that section the following, namely :-

(a) Where the meter is of a type included in the 'British Standard Specification for Electricity Meters, No. 37' dated 1930, the limits of error laid down in that Specification;

(b) Where the meter is of any other type, it shall not register more than 3 per cent, above or below absolute accuracy at all loads in excess of one fifth of full load and up to full load ;

(c) No meter shall register at no load.

 

33. Conditions for maximum demand indicators. 'The conditions with which a maximum demand indicator or other apparatus placed upon a consumer's premises in accordance with the section 26 shall comply are for the purposes of that section the following, namely :'

(a) It shall not register more than 3 per cent, above or below absolute accuracy at all loads in excess of one-fifth of full load and upto full load ;

(b) It shall not register at no load.

34. Sale of plans. Copies of plans or sections such as are referred to in clause VI of the Schedule to the Act shall be supplied by the licensee to every applicant at a price not exceeding one rupee per square foot.

35. Point of commencement of supply. The point at which the supply of energy by a licensee to a consumer shall be deemed to commence shall:–

(a) Where the amount of energy supplied to a consumer or the electrical quantity contained in the supply is ascertained by meter be, in respect of a conductor from the service line which passes through the meter, the point at which such conductor enters the meter, and, in respect of a conductor from the service-line which does not pass through the meter, the point on such conductor nearest to the meter ;

(b) where the amount of energy supplied to a consumer or the electrical quantity contained in the supply is not ascertained by meter, by the point at which the cut-out is inserted in the service-line by the licensee in accordance with Rule 40.

36. Preparation and submission of accounts.— (1) Every licensee, unless exempted in accordance with section 11, shall cause the accounts of his undertaking to be made up to the thirty-first day of December or the thirty first day of March, at the option of such licensee, or to such other date as the Provincial Government may approve.

(2) Such licensee shall prepare and render an annual statement of his accounts in accordance with the provisions of section 11 within a period of six months from such date as aforesaid, or such extended period as the Provincial Government may authorise after it is satisfied that the time allowed is insufficient owing to any cause not within the control of the licensee; and the statement shall be rendered in duplicate if the Provincial Government so desires.

(3) The accounts shall be made up as far as circumstances permit in one or other of the prescribed forms set out in Annexure IV and V according as the licensee is or is not a local authority and may, at the option of the licensee, be rendered either in Pakistan or in British Sterling currency:

Provided that the Provincial Government may, by special or general order, direct that the accounts of any undertaking shall be made up in any form it may direct in such order.

37. Forms of certain requisitions. Requisitions under Sub-clause (4) of clause V or Sub-clause VI as the case may be, of the Schedule to Act, shall be made in the form set out in Annexure VI or Annexure VII.

 

 

 

CHAPTER V

GENERAL PRECAUTIONS FOR THE SAFETY OF THE PUBLIC

38. Responsibility of licensees for their works on consumers' premises.–Licensees shall ensure that all electric supply-lines and apparatus belonging to them, or under their control which are on a consumer's premises, are maintained in a safe condition electrically and mechanically and shall take due precautions to avoid danger arising on such premises from such supply-lines or apparatus.

39. Service-lines on consumers' premises Service lines placed by a licensee on the premises of a consumer which are underground or which are accessible without the aid of a ladder or other special appliance shall be so insulated and protected by the licensee as to be secure under all ordinary conditions against electrical, mechanical, chemical, or other injury to the insulation, and against access of moisture.

40. Cut-out on consumers' premises. A licensee shall provide a suitable cut-out in each conductor of every service-line (other than an earthed neutral conductor or the earthed external conductor of a concentric cable) within a consumer's premises, in an accessible position as close as possible to the point of entry. Such cut-out shall be contained within an adequately enclosed fire-proof receptacle:

Provided that where more than one consumer is supplied through a common service-line, each such consumer who so requires shall be provided with an independent cut-out at the point of junction to the common service.

 

41. Accessibility of bare conductors. Where bare conductors are used in a building the owners of such conductors shall ensure that they are inaccessible without the aid of a ladder or other special appliance and shall provide switches for rendering them dead whenever necessary.

42. Handling of apparatus. Before any conductor or apparatus is handled, adequate precautions shall be taken, by earthing or other suitable means, to discharge electrically such conductor or apparatus, and any adjacent conductor or apparatus if there is danger therefrom, and to prevent any conductor or apparatus from being accidentally or inadvertently electrically charged when persons are working thereon:

Provided that this Sub-rule shall not apply to the cleaning of commutators and sliprings working at low or medium pressures,

43. Repairs to apparatus. No repair of any part of any apparatus shall be effected while the part is live, except by an authorised person.

44. Supply to vehicles, etc. Every person owing a vehicle, travelling crane or the like to which energy is supplied shall ensure that it is efficiently controlled by a suitable switch enabling all pressure to be cut-off, and, where such vehicles, travelling cranes or the like run on metal rails, the owner shall ensure that the rails are electrically continuous and earthed.

45. Cables for portable motors. (1) Trailing cables shall not be used for portable motors and apparatus connected therewith unless they are specially flexible, heavily insulated and protected from mechanical injury.

(2) Whether the protection is by means of metallic covering, the covering shall be in metallic connection with the frame of the motor and earth.

46. Instructions for restoration of persons suffering from electric shock. (1). Instructions, both in English and in the vernacular of the district, for the restoration of persons suffering from electric shock, shall be affixed by the owner in a conspicuous place in every generating station and sub-station, and in every factory as defined in clause (j) of section 2 of the Factories Act, 1934 (XXV of 1934), in which electricity is used as the Inspector may, by notice served on the owner, direct.

(2) Copies of the instructions shall be supplied on demand by every Inspector at a price to be fixed by the Provincial Government.

47. Instructions in artificial respiration. The owner of every generating station and sub-station and of every factory to which Rule 46 applies shall ensure that all authorised persons employed by him are acquainted with and able to apply the instruction referred to in Rule 46.

48. Precautions to be adopted by consumers and owners, electrical contractor and electrical workmen. (1) No electrical installations work, including additions, alterations, repairs, and adjustments to existing installations, except such replacement of lamps, fans, fuses, switches and other component parts of the installation as in no way alter its capacity or character, shall be carried out upon the premises or on behalf of any consumer or owner for the purposes of the supply of energy to such consumer or owner except by an electrical contractor licensed by the Provincial Government in this behalf and under the direct supervision of a person holding a certificate of competency issued by the Provincial Government:

Provided that, the Provincial Government may by notification in the Official Gazette exempt on such conditions as it may impose any such description of work either generally or in the case of any specified class of consumers or owners from so much of this Sub-rule as requires such work to be carried out by an electrical contractor licensed by the Provincial Government in this behalf.

[(1A) No electrical installation work which has been carried out in contravention of Sub-rule (1) shall be connected with the work of any licensee or other supplier of energy.]

(2) Sub-rule (1) shall come into force in any Province or part thereof on such date as the Provincial Government may by notification in the local official Gazette appoint and Sub-rule (1A) shall come into force in any Province or part thereof on the 10th October, 1943, or one year after Sub-rule (1) has come into force therein, whichever is later]

[(3) This Rule shall not, unless the Central Government otherwise directs, apply to any work carried out by, or on behalf of, the Central Government.]

 

 

 

CHAPTER VI

ELECTRIC SUPPLY LINES AND APPARATUS

49. Construction, insulation and earthing of apparatus. (1) All apparatus shall be sufficient in power and size and of sufficient mechanical strength for the work it may be required to do, and so far as is practicable, shall be so constructed, installed, protected, worked and maintained as to prevent danger.

(2) All insulating material shall be chosen with special regard to the circumstances of its proposed use. It shall be of mechanical strength sufficient for its purpose, and so far as is practicable, shall be of such a character or so protected as fully to maintain its insulating properties under working conditions of temperature and moisture.

(3) No live parts shall be exposed as to be capable of being touched by persons not intended to have access to them.

(4) Every part of a system shall be kept efficiently insulated from earth except that :–

(i) The neutral point of a ployphase system may be earthed at one point only ;

(ii) The mid-voltage point of any system, other than a concentric system, may be earthed at one point only.

50. Accidental charge. The owners of all circuits and apparatus shall so arrange them that there shall be no danger of any part thereof becoming accidentally charged to any pressure beyond the limits of pressure which it is intended.

51. Identification of earthed and earthed neutral conductors and positions of switches and cut-outs therein. In any case where the conductors include an earthed conductor of a two-wire system, or an earthed neutral conductor of a multi-wire system or a conductor which is to be connected thereto, the supply of energy shall not be commenced until and unless the following provisions have been or are complied with namely :–

(1) An indication of a permanent nature shall be provided by the owner of the earthed or earthed neutral conductor, or the conductor which is to be connected thereto, to enable such conductor to be distinguished from any live conductor. Such indication shall be provided :-

(a) Where the earthed or earthed natural conductor is the property of the licensee at or near the point of commencement of supply ;

(b) Where a conductor forming part of a consumer's system is to be connected to the licensee's earthed or earthed neutral conductor at the point where such connection is to be made ; and

(c) In all other cases, at a point corresponding to the point of commencement of the supply or at such other point as may be approved by an Inspector.

(2) No cut-out, link or switch other than a linked switch arranged to operate simultaneously on the earthed conductor and live conductor shall be inserted or remain inserted in any earthed conductor of a two-wire system or in any earthed neutral conductor of a multi-wire system or in any conductor connected thereto, with the following exceptions :

(i) A link for testing purposes, or

(ii) A switch for use in controlling a generator or transformer, or

(iii) A switch or link in the connection between the earthed conductor or the earthed neutral conductor and earth at a generating station or sub-station for use in the testing and emergencies only:

Provided that in the case of system in use prior to the 23rd December, 1932, no penalty shall attach to any breach of this Rule occurring before 23rd December, 1940.

52. Crossing metallic substances. (1) Where an electric supply-line crosses, or is in proximity to, any metallic substance the owner of the supply-line shall take such precautions as an Inspector may approve against the possibility of the metallic substance becoming charged.

(2) Where such metallic substance is introduced after the electric supply-line has been laid or erected, the cost incurred in taking such precautions shall be refunded to the owner of the electric supply-line by the owner of the metallic substance.

53. Cut-out.–The owner of every electric supply-line (other than the earthed neutral conductor of any system or the earthed external conductor of a concentric cable) shall protect it by a suitable cut-out.

54. Metal casings. All metal casings, or metallic coverings containing or protecting any electric supply-line are apparatus shall be connected with earth by the owner, and shall be so joined and connected across all junction-boxes and other openings as to make good mechanical and electrical connection throughout their whole length:

Provided that this Rule shall not apply to isolated wall tubes or to brackets, electroliers, standards switch or fan regular covers of other fittings (other than portable hand-lamps in factories) where the supply is at low pressure.

55. Junction boxes. The owners of all street junction-boxes or pillars containing circuits or apparatus shall secure their covers and doors in such a manner that they can be opened only by means of a special appliance.

56. Distinction of circuits of different pressure.–The owner of every generating station, sub-station, junction box or pillar in which there are any circuit or apparatus, intended for operation at different pressure, shall ensure that the respective circuits are readily distinguishable from one another.

57. Connection with earth of frames of generators, etc. The frame of every generator, stationary motor, and so far as is practicable, portable motor, and the metallic parts (not intended as conductors) of all transformers and regulating of controlling apparatus connected with the supply, shall be earthed by the owner by two separate and distinct connection with earth.

58. Connection with earth of a multi-wire system. In every distributing system in which there is a neutral conductor, where the pressure between the neutral conductor and an outer or phase conductor exceeds 125 volts, the neutral conductor shall be connected with earth by two separate and distinct connections from the neutral bus-bar and in accordance with the following provisions, namely :

(a) The connection shall be made at one point only on each distinct system, namely, at the generating station or sub-station, or both, as the case may be, and the insulation of the system shall be maintained at all other parts ;

(b) The connection shall not be made by the aid of, nor shall it be in contact with any water-main, gas-main or similar main not belonging to the licensee or non-licensee, as the case may be, except with the consent of the owner thereof and of the Inspector ; a resistance, not exceeding 20 ohms may be inserted between the neutral bus-bar and earth, and if so inserted, it shall be of sufficient cross-sectional area to carry the current which would pass should an outer or phase conductor become' accidentally connected with earth ;

(c) The connection shall not be removed except for the purpose of testing in which carte it shall be made good again as soon as such test is finished, and a record of any such disconnection shall be kept by the licensee or non-licensee, as the case may be ;

(d) The connection shall not be removed in a licensee's system except between 1 a.m. and, 3 a.m., and in a non-licensee's system, white the generator is in operation and energy is being used ;

(e) The current from the neutral conductor to earth shall in the case of a licensee's direct current distributing system, be continuously recorded, and, if at any time it exceeds one-thousandth part of the maximum supply current, steps shall immediately be taken to improve the insulation of the system.

 

 59. Connection with earth of concentric conductors. '(I) Notwithstanding anything contained in Sub-rule (4) of Rule 49, when concentric conductors are used, the owner shall maintain the insulation throughout, except that the external conductor may be connected with earth at one point:

Provided that where a person generates electricity exclusively for use on his own premises, he may use a bare external conductor if it is connected with earth and if no switch, cut-out or circuit breaker is inserted in that conductor or in any conductor connected thereto.

Exception. Switches, cut-outs or circuit breakers may be used to break the connection with the generators or transformers supplying energy:

Provided that in no case shall the connection of a bare external conductor with earth be thereby broken.

 

 

CHAPTER VII

SUPPLY AT MEDIUM OR HIGH PRESSURE

60. General precautions applicable to supply at medium or high pressure. Where a licensee proposes to supply or use energy at medium or high pressure, he shall give notice to an Inspector and shall not commence or continue the supply unless and until he has complied with the following provisions, namely :-

(a) All live parts of apparatus shall, unless accessible only to, and under the control of, an authorised person, be protected by mechanically strong metal casings or metallic coverings securely fastened throughout;

(b) Suitable linked switch, of requisite capacity to carry and break the current, shall be inserted in each conductor, near the point of origin on the consumer's premises ;

(c) Every conductor, unless accessible only to an authorised person shall be, as far as is practicable, completely enclosed in a mechanically strong metal casing or metallic covering, securely fastened throughout or fixed in such other manner as may be approved in writing' by an Inspector ;

(d) The supply to every apparatus shall be efficiently controlled by suitable linked switches, of requisite capacity to carry and break the current, in each conductor, placed near the apparatus in such a position as to be readily handled by the operator, so that by their means all pressure can be cut off from the apparatus concerned and from any device in connection therewith :

[Provided that this clause shall not apply in the case of transformers, motors and other apparatus where these are controlled by remotely operated switchgear and where suitable arrangements are made for preventing the remote switch from being closed while men are working on the transformer, motor or other apparatus controlled by the switch, or in cases where compliance with this clause would render inoperative the provisions of Sub-rules (2) and (3) of Rule 62 ;]

(e) The word 'Caution', both in English and in the vernacular, shall be affixed permanently in a conspicuous position, where possible, on every generator and every motor and every controlling or regulating apparatus in connection with such generator or motor :

Provided that, where it is not possible to affix them on the generator, motor, or apparatus, they shall be affixed as near as possible:

Provided also that, where the generator, motor, controlling or regulating apparatus, is within an enclosure accessible only to an authorised person, one notice affixed to the enclosure shall be sufficient for the purposes of this Sub-rule.

61. Main switchboard. The owner of every main switchboard connected with a supply of energy at medium or high pressure shall comply with the following provisions, namely :-

(a) A clear space of not less then 3 feet in width shall be provided in front of the switchboard ;

(b) If there are attachments or bare connections at the back of the switchboard, the space (if any) behind the switchboard shall be either less than 9 inches or more than 30 inches in width, measured from the farthest outstanding part of any attachment from conductor;

(c) If the space behind the switchboard exceeds 30 inches in width, there shall be passage-way clear to a height of not less than 6 feet, save as regards any horizontal supports of the switchboard, which may be placed at a height of not less than 4 feet 6 inches.

[62. Approval of high pressure supply] (1) No licensee or non-licensee shall deliver a high pressure to any person, other than distributing licensee, except with the approval in writing of an Inspector, and subject to such conditions (if any) as such Inspector may think reasonable and proper in the circumstances, and the owner shall not bring the installation into use until it has been inspected by an Inspector.

 

(2) A consumer supplied with energy at high pressure shall provide and maintain a locked weather-proof and fireproof enclosure of agreed design and location for the purposes of housing the licensee's terminal high pressure apparatus and metering equipment. This enclosure should preferably be in a separate building to the consumer's sub-station or installation but where this is not feasible, the licensee's terminal high pressure apparatus and metering equipment shall be completely segregated from any other part of the consumer's apparatus by fireproof walls. The licensee shall, at all times, have access to the enclosure for the purposes of inspecting his apparatus:

Provided that in case of disagreement between the licensee and the consumer in regard to the design and the location of the enclosure either party may appeal to the Inspector:

Provided further that installations connected to the licensee's high pressure supply before the 4th December, 1943, not fulfilling the conditions of the Sub-rule need not comply therewith before the 5th December, 1944.

 

(3) Where energy is proposed to be used at high tension by the owner or occupier not being a licensee at high pressure, he shall not bring the installation into use except with the approval, in writing, of the Inspector, and such approval shall not be given until the following conditions have been complied with, namely:-

(a) Every oil-field switch or switch-board, or static condenser or transformer having an oil capacity exceeding 50 gallons shall be segregated from all other apparatus by suitable fire-proof wall, and suitable oil drains and soak-pits shall be provided so as to prevent the spread of oil fires from any part to any other part of the installation ;

(b) Cable trenches inside sub-stations and containing cables shall be filled with sand, pebbles or similar non-inflammable materials or covered with non-inflammable slabs ; and

(c) Such other conditions (if any) as the Inspector may think fit to impose;

Provided that installations brought into use before the 4th December, 1943, and not fulfilling the conditions of this sub-rule, need not comply therewith before the 4th December, 1944.

(4) When the position of a high pressure motor or other apparatus is changed, notice shall forthwith be given to the Inspector showing the extent and nature of the change of position.

(5) The owner of any high pressure installation (who makes any such alteration in or additions to the installation) as affect the supply shall not utilize the alterations or additions for the purposes of supply unless and until they have been approved by the Inspector.]

63. Testing of insulation, of high pressure circuit. (1) The owner of a high pressure circuit, other than an aerial line, shall not bring it into use unless the insulation of every electric supply-line, machine, device or apparatus pertaining thereto has withstood the continuous application, during one minute, of the testing pressure given in sub-rule (2) ; and the owner shall duly record the results of each test and shall forward them to an Inspector.

(2) For the purposes of Sub-rule (1)—

(a) If the normal working pressure does not exceed 1,000 volts the testing pressure shall be 2,000 volts ;

(b) If the normal working pressure exceeds 1,000 volts but does not exceed 10,000 volts, the testing pressure shall be double the normal working pressure ;

(c) If the normal working pressure exceeds 10,000 volts the testing pressure shall be the normal working pressure plus 10,000 volts :

Provided that an Inspector may, if the thinks fit, accept the manufacturer's certified tests in place of the tests required by this Rule.

64. High pressure electric supply-lines and apparatus placed above ground. –(1) All owners of high pressure apparatus, including every portion of any high pressure electric supply-line (other than an aerial line) placed above the surface of the ground, unless it is in a sub-station, or in a compartment specially arranged for the purpose and accessible only to authorised persons, shall ensure that it is completely enclosed in, or protected by, a mechanically strong metal casing or metallic covering securely fastened throughout:

Provided that this Sub-rule shall not apply to neon-signs and X-rays apparatus which are operated in accordance with instructions issued by the Inspector.

(2) All owners of circuits and apparatus connected with any high pressure apparatus to which Sub-rule (1) is applicable shall ensure that they are marked at frequency intervals with the word 'Caution' both in English and in the vernacular. All supports of high pressure aerial lines shall be similarly marked at frequent intervals.

 

 

 

CHAPTER VIII

AERIAL LINES

65. Minimum, strength of conductors of aerial lines. The owner of an aerial line shall not use it for the supply of energy unless each conductor has an actual breaking load of not less than 700 lbs:

Provided that, where the pressure is low and the span is of less than 50 feet and, is on the owner's premises a conductor having an actual breaking load of not less than 300 lbs may be used.

66. Maximum intervals between supports. The owner of an aerial line shall ensure that the conductors are attached to supports at intervals, exceeding the safe limits based on the actual breaking load of the conductor and the factor of safety prescribed in rule 68 :

Provided that where such a line is erected in over, along or across any street, the interval shall not, without the consent in writing of the Inspector exceed 220 feet.

67. Connection with earth of metal supports and stay-wires. (1) The owner of every aerial line supported by metal supports shall ensure that these supports are permanently and efficiently earthed. For this purpose a continuous earth wire securely fastened to each support and connected with earth at four points in every mile, the spacing between the points being as nearly equidistant as possible, shall be provided, or alternatively each support shall be connected to an effective device.

(2) Each stay-wire shall be similarly earthed unless an insulator has been placed in it at a height of not less than ten feet from the ground.

68. Factors of safety. (1) The owner of every aerial line shall ensure that it has the following factors of safety.—

(i) For metal supports, at least 2.5 ;

(ii) For other supports, at least 3.5 ;

(iii) For guard-wires or bearer-wires, at least 3 ;

(iv) For conductors, at least 2 ; under all conditions, and that the strength of support in the direction of the line is not less than one-fourth of the strength required in a direction transverse to the line.

(2) For the purpose of calculating the factors of safety :-

(a) The maximum wind pressure shall be specified by the Provincial Government in each case ;

(b) For cylindrical bodies the effective area shall be taken as two thirds of the sectional area exposed to wind pressure ;

(c) For lattice steel or other compound structures the wind pressure on the lee-side members shall be taken as one-half of the wind pressure on the windward side members, and the factor of safety shall be calculated on the Gripping load of structures and upon the elastic limit of tension members ;

(d) The temperature shall be taken at 30°F or such other temperature as the Provincial Government may specify.

 

(3) Notwithstanding anything in Sub-rules (1) and (2), in localities where aerial lines are liable to accumulations office or snow, the Provincial Government may, by order in writing, specify such factor of safety as it may think fit and the condition under which it is to be calculated.

69. Height from ground and distance from buildings. (1) Every conductor of an aerial line (not being a trolley-wire or a traction-feeder on the same support as a trolley-wire) shall be—

(a) At least 90 feet above the ground where it is over any part of a street or other public place ;

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