Government Plans to Make All Meters Smart Prepaid in 3 Years (Download PDF)

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Central government planning to make all electricity meters smart prepaid in three years in a bid to cut transmission and distribution losses, an official statement said. The Power Ministry has decided to make all meters smart prepaid in three years beginning April 1,2019.

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  • The decision to move towards smart meters is a pro-poor step as consumers need not pay the whole month’s bill in one go, they can pay as per their requirements, ” it said.

  • This step is likely to bring revolution in power sector by way of reduction in AT&C losses, better health of DISCOMs, incentivisation of energy conservation, ease of bill payments and doing away with the paper bills, ” it said.

About the Smart Meters

  • Manufacturing of smart prepaid meters will also generate skilled employment for the youth, the statement said.

  • State governments had earlier signed the Power for All document and had agreed to supply power round the clock to their consumers.

  • The distribution licensee will provide round-the-clock power to their consumers by 1 April, 2019 or earlier, the ministry said. However, power regulatory commissions may grant extension in this timeline under exceptional circumstances.

  • Under this, “the distribution licensee shall provide 24 × 7 power to their consumers by 1st April, 2019 or earlier.

  • However the appropriate Commission in exceptional circumstances for the reasons to be recorded in writing may grant extension in this time period, ” the statement added.

- Published/Last Modified on: February 9, 2019

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