Herald: Power dept asked to speed up process on prepaid digital meters
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Power dept asked to speed up process on prepaid digital meters

31 Mar 2018 05:36am IST

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31 Mar 2018 05:36am IST

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PANJIM: Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) through its order has asked electricity department to hasten the process of installation of prepaid digital meters.

PANJIM: Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) through its order has asked electricity department to hasten the process of installation of prepaid digital meters.

The Commission has also directed the department to submit an offer for installation of smart prepaid meters for all high-tension and extra-high- tension users, low-tension industries and hotel industries, all government connections, all connections whose site remains locked for three or more months in a year.

Speaking to Herald, Chief Electrical Engineer (CEC) Neelkanth Reddy said as of now the digital prepaid meters are not certified by the authorities and the manufacturers need to certify these and once that is done it can be procured for installation. “The JERC is saying this because they are concerned for all connections whose site remains locked,” he added.

The Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar had earlier said there was a Central government instruction that the State should go in for smart power meters along with prepaid facility. With this facility consumers can simply recharge with the desired amount and they will get an advantage as they will see what their consumption is.

“The meters will have an optional period wherein the consumer will be given a time limit to recharge for which the consumers will be notified. Also, there will be direct disconnection of connection if the meter is not recharged,” he added.

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