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No change in tarrif bills after installation of smart meters

26000 smart meters installed in city, 31000 to be installed till next month: CE PDD

Post by on Sunday, June 5, 2022

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Srinagar, June 04 : The Power Development Department Kashmir on Saturday said there will be no change or extra tarrif bills after installation of smart meters. They said  the Department has installed 26000 smart meters sofar in Srinagar and 31000 smart meters in city will be installed till next month. 
Chief Engineer, Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL), Er. Javid Yousuf told Rising Kashmir that the department has successfully installed 26,000 smart metres in the city so far. He stated that the first phase would be completed within the next month. 
The people in the Srinagar areas also held a protest demonstration seeking the removal of the smart metres in their area, claiming they will be charged exorbitantly for electricity tarrif bills.   
However, the Chief Engineer of PDD said there is no change in rates in electricity tarrif bills, adding people have confusion regarding these meters. 
The department said that there is no extra charge in electricity units, adding that this has eased the work of the employees and will also help to end the load shedding and curtailment schedule. 
According to the officials, earlier employees were going to check the reading of every single meter, which was time-consuming. They said after the installation of smart meters, there will be no more tempering and the reading will be sent to the data centre automatically. There will be no human intervention. 
The Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad, has also warned strict action against those who won't allow the installation of smart metres in their areas. 
Asad has also stressed to the PDD employees of  involving social leaders and activists to motivate people regarding the installation of smart meters. He said the message should be loud and clear regarding the execution of work, besides utilising social media and other channels to familiarise and sensitise general people about the advantages of the installation of smart meters. 
According to a senior department official, these smart metres are being installed across the country on the central government directions. The officer said some people are spreading misinformation regarding the installation of smart meters. 
Last month, Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla also chaired a meeting with the Chief Secretary of the Union Territory to review the progress of privatisation of power distribution and smart metering in Jammu and Kashmir. 
At the outset, a detailed presentation was given by the Ministry of Power, showing the progress and status achieved in the privatisation of power distribution and the installation of smart metres in the UT. 
During the meeting 63,844 smart metres have been installed in J & K and the target of 1.15 lakh metres will be achieved by July as the process for the instillation has been expedited across J & K. 

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