Changing name on the electricity bill is easy. Pic: Shree D N

I am a resident of Belathur in Kadugodi(Whitefield) area. Being a new apartment buyer, I started looking for getting things done, such as Electricity name change, Khata registration and others. I was surprised when the builder offered to get the name change in electricity metres done by paying bribe, without me having to visit any government office—he demanded Rs 2,000!

I thought of understanding what the actual process is, and what are the fees involved, and tried to do it on my own. To my surprise, after a few days of doing some online reading, visiting BESCOM website, calling BESCOM hotline etc, I realised the process is pretty simple and can be done in less than Rs 600. Below is the guide I put together after following the process. I shared the guide with some residents of my society and they also managed to get the name change done without any bribe.

Prerequisites: Get these things done first.

1. Take a printout of this form: http://bescom.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Change_of_Name_BESCOM.pdf

2. Get signature on the NOC for Name change (Form IV in above downloaded form) from present owner of meter.

The NOC should be from the person who features as Vendor on your sale deed.

3. Go to the place where EB Meters are placed, find your meter and take a photo of your meter on your phone, make sure that serial no, make of the meter and the reading is visible clearly.

If it does not show reading, please press the black button a couple of times until it displays the meter reading.

Take a black and white printout of this photo and preserve the photo in your mobile. This is needed to get the page 2 entries (For Office Use only page ) filled by the BESCOM assistant engineer.

4. Two bonds need to be purchased – indemnity bond & power agreement.

BESCOM requires the applicants to provide these bonds along with application. These can be purchased from shops near BESCOM offices or some electrical shops keep these.

The place where I purchased them: Laxmi Narasimha Electricals shop– before Hoodi Circle on the left from ITPL on first floor. You can look for a place nearby your residence.

Cost: Rs. 200 (Indemnity) + Rs. 200 (Power Agreement) + Rs 50 Charges. Total: 450

*Note - The indemnity bond was valued at Rs.100. Now it has been revised to Rs.200

5. Certified/Notarised Sale Deed:

If SBI/Other Bank Loan: Go to RACPC/ bank branch with two copies of sale deed and get them certified from the bank. They do this without any charge.

If LIC-Loan/Others – I heard LIC is refusing to certify and asking for hefty amount. Please get the copies certified from Notary/LIC.

6. Purchase a paper file with clip inside. Punch all the docs along with latest EB bill at the top (must be paid already).

Please fill the forms. If you are not sure of something, leave the space empty.

When above prerequisites are met, kindly do following:

1. Go to nearest BESCOM Sub-division Office.

For me it was in Kadugodi. Meet AE/JE and get the documents and file verified—here we just need his sign/stamp on page FOR OFFICE USE ONLY. Show him the printout of the photo of the meter, from which he can get the details and fill the entries there and sign and stamp on Page 2 (Office Use Only).

2. Once JE/AE has signed & stamped the page2 .

The next step is to submit the file. The file should be submitted again in BESCOM office. Generally if your BESCOM subdivision is a small centre they ask you to visit the nearby main BESCOM centre. I was asked to submit the file in Whitefield BESCOM centre.

Show the file and get it verified. You will be asked to pay Rs 100 as transfer fee, in the cash counter for which you will get an acknowledgement. Please visit the BESCOM Office before opening time in advance, to avoid the huge rush in the cash counter.

Once the transfer fee is paid, file needs to be submitted. Please write your RR No and name on the file. To be on safer side, please take snaps of your application in your mobile.

Once the application file is submitted, it will take a month for your name to reflect on BESCOM website on your bill. If your name does not appear, please visit the office again and enquire. You may call BESCOM hotline 1912 for status too.

So Total Expenses:

1. Transfer fee: Rs 100

2. Indemnity Bond +Power Agreement +Charge =Rs 200 + Rs 200 + Rs 50(extra charges) = Rs. 350

3. Cardboard file: Rs 10

Total: Rs 560

One thing I learnt is not to talk to people standing outside offices, or on stairs, lingering there who might be the brokers, who can read our faces!

You should not give up or feel worried at any point. The worst thing that can happen from trying on your own is the work may be slightly delayed, but it’s bound to be completed successfully. This was an enriching experience, to get the work done without any bribe, and I feel all should do it on their own.