Monthly power billing unfeasible, Chandigarh admn informs JERC
- Mar 3, 2023 1:48 pm GMT
The response came after the commission sought the progress report of the smart grid project. The administration further informed the commission that the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) has already dropped the smart grid project in the wake of the UT power department's privatisation.
Under the Smart Grid project, the UT administration had planned to install smart electricity meters across the city by the end of 2022-23 fiscal as part of power sector reforms. Since 2019, as part of the pilot, UT had already spent
A senior officer of the UT electricity department said monthly billing was not feasible due to inadequate infrastructure and staff: "At present, bills are issued every two months. Monthly billing is only possible once smart meters are installed in the city."
There are nearly 2.38 lakh power consumers, including 2.04 lakh domestic and 28,521 non-domestic consumers, in the city.
The smart meters were aimed at eliminating tampering of electricity meters, besides keeping a track of load, voltage, outages, peak demand, power consumption and tripping of power lines, making the system beneficial for both the electricity department and consumers. In another benefit for residents, the smart meters would have allowed advance payment of bills, based on expected consumption.
Privatisation process on
The administration is in the advanced stages of the department's privatisation.
It was on
UT has selected
But the privatisation process has been entangled in legal battles since the
In March, the UT administration had undertaken before HC that till the time the matter of power privatisation is pending before the court, it will not issue the letter of intent (LoI), declaring preliminary commitment, to the private company. Published by HT Digital Content Services with permission from Hindustan Times. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at email@example.com
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