PSPCL starts installation of smart meters- we commit, we deliver –CMD
Kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in
On Friday Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh dedicated smart meters to the people of Punjab.
Acting swiftly, Punjab state power corporation limited CMD A Venu Prasad IAS started the installation process of Smart Meters. The very first prod owner of the Smart meter in Punjab is a resident of Mohali.
PSPCL CMD A Venu Prasad along with Er Paramjit Singh, Director Generation and other officials of PSPCL started the installation of smart meter process.
“The smart metering offers potential benefits to customers. These include, a) an end to estimated bills, which are a major source of complaints about many customers b) a tool to help consumers better manage their energy purchases—smart meters with a display outside their homes could provide up-to-date information on electricity consumption and in doing so help people to manage their energy use and reduce their energy bills.” said the officers.
Earlier, launching the Rs. 75.64 Crore 3-phase Smart Metering project, the Chief Minister said the consumer-friendly scheme will help reduce human error in manual reading through automatic uploading of data. From January 2021 to December 2021, a total of 96,000 meters will be installed across the state by PSPCL under the project, which will also help to curb the malpractice of reading concealment/theft of electricity and improve the reading/billing efficiency and quality, he said.
These meters will enable consumers to view instantaneous/live data as well as the last bill data via PSPCL Consumer App, besides maintaining and regulating power consumption. They will have the option to change meter to prepaid or post-paid. Rebate in tariff is admissible to the consumer under prepaid option and the same meter can be used as a Bidirectional meter for Solar Net metering, said Captain Amarinder Singh. Consumers will not need to visit DISCOM offices to register complaint of wrong meter readings now, he added.