THE INDIAN ELECTRICITY RULES, 1956 (AS AMENDED UPTO 25TH NOV., 2000)
The Central Electricity Board had made IE rules in exercise of the powers conferred by section 37 of
the Indian Electricity Act, 1910 (9 of 1910) for regulating the generation transmission supply and use of
electrical energy and generally to carry out the purposes and Objects of the said act .
The salient provisions of the Indian electricity rules are briefly discussed here in :Chapter I – Contains definations
Chapter II-Provides required qualifications for appointment of inspectors and officers to assist the
inspector under rule 4 and 4A
Chapter III- provides the procedure for licence
Provides provision for authorization by a supplier 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 supplier or a consumer to carry out duties incidental
to the generation, transformation, transmission, conversion, distribution or use of energy.
Chapter IV - General safety requirements
Stipulates that “All electric supply lines and apparatus shall be of Indian Electricity Rules, 1956 sufficient
ratings for power, insulation and estimated fault current and of sufficient mechanical strength, for the duty
which they may be required to perform under the environmental conditions of installation, and shall be
constructed, installed, protected, worked and maintained in such a manner as to ensure safety of human
beings, animals and property”
Stipulates that “The supplier shall ensure that all electric supply lines, wires, fittings and apparatus
belonging to him or under his control, which are on a consumer’ s premises, are in a safe-condition and in
all respects fit for supplying energy and the supplier shall take due precautions to avoid danger arising on
such premises from such supply lines, wires, fittings and apparatus.”
It also provides that:
(1) Service-lines placed by the supplier on the premises of a consumer which are underground or which
are accessible shall be so insulated and protected by the supplier as to be secured under all ordinary
conditions against electrical, mechanical, chemical or other injury to the insulation.
(2)The consumer shall, as far as circumstances permit, take precautions for the safe custody of the
equipment on his premises belonging to the supplier.
(3) The consumer shall also ensure that the installation under his control is maintained in a safe condition.
Stipulates requirement to provide Cut-out on consumer’s premises
(1)The supplier shall provide a suitable cut-out in each conductor of every service-line other than an
earthed or earthed neutral conductor.
Where more than one consumer is supplied through a common service-line, each such
consumer shall be provided with an independent cut-out at the point of junction to the common service.
(2)Every electric supply line other than the earth or earthed neutral conductor of any system or the earthed
external conductor of a concentric cable shall be protected by a suitable cut-out by its owner.
Stipulates Identification of earthed and earthed neutral conductors and position of switches and cut-outs
therein and conditions required to be complied with.