Union govt to introduce prepaid power meters across India

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New Delhi: Government of India is likely to make prepaid meters mandatory across the country within the next three years.

In the next three years, metering will go smart prepaid, an official statement said today.

For a state like Jammu & Kashmir, where transmission and distribution (T&D) losses are huge, this could come as a big news.

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, R K Singh, during a meeting with meter manufacturers on Thursday, has advised the officials of his Ministry to consider making smart prepaid meters mandatory after a particular date, according to an official statement.

This move will revolutionise the power sector by way of reduced aggregate transmission and commercial losses, better health of discoms, incentivisation of energy conservation and ease of bill payments, among others, the statement added.

“In the next three years, metering will go smart prepaid, and gone will be the days of bills reaching your house. So, the need of the hour is to scale up manufacturing of smart prepaid meters and to bring down their prices,” Singh said.

He also advised companies to scale up the manufacture of smart prepaid meters as demand would grow in the coming years.

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