Vyas directs early installation of ‘smart’ and prepaid meters

Vyas directs early installation of ‘smart’ and prepaid meters
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Reviews PMDP projects in power sector

SRINAGAR: Advisor to Governor B B Vyas Saturday reviewed the progress of power sector here and directed for curbing power pilferage and cutting down on transmission and distribution losses.
Vyas directed for early installation of the smart meters in urban areas where hassle-free communication is available and pre-paid meters in rural areas. He also said that with the installation of these meters, the manual meter reading shall be dispensed with so that mechanism of billing system is made digital and foolproof.
“The smart meters will facilitate the consumers to monitor real time consumption of electricity units and amount charged. It will also provide facility to the department to enforce demand side management for ensuring 24×7 quality supply to the consumers,” the meeting was informed.
The prepaid meters can be charged by the consumers in the same manner as pre-paid mobile phones are charged and consumers will get supply from the meter till pre-paid amount is exhausted and consumer can recharge the meter again for continuation of the supply.
Speaking at a meeting here in this regard, Vyas sought detailed progress on projects sanctioned under the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP-15).
The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary PDD, Hirdesh Kumar, Development Commissioner Power Asghar Ali Majaz, Executive Director JKSPDC Ajay Gupta, and Chief Engineers, Superintending Engineers of various wings of PDD and other senior officers.
Chief Engineer E&MRE Jammu and Superintending Engineers of the Jammu division attended the meeting through video conferencing.
The Advisor sought status of implementation of advanced technological interventional projects like establishment of Smart Grid in industrial areas, installation of 2 lakh smart meters in urban areas, besides installation 9.25 lakh consumer meters included in PMDP and other flagship schemes.
Stressing on curbing power pilferage, the Advisor said that smart grid projects for industrial areas will enable the department to monitor and control supply to these areas at remote control centres which shall facilitate 24X7 quality power supply to these areas.
Saying that the new initiatives shall help the department to cut down on the revenue deficit of Rs 3500 crore per year, Mr Vyas asked the department to replace all existing conventional meters with smart meters and prepaid meters in 2-year time-frame.
The Advisor issued instructions to fix responsibility at individual level to complete the projects in time bound manner and directed the officers to review monthly progress at CEs level.