Breaking

Post Top Ad

SEMrush

Friday, 8 January 2021

‘Smart’ meters help power corpn recover defaulters’ dues

Parveen Arora

Tribune News Service

Karnal, January 7

Smart meters are proving to be beneficial for the power corporation, which is in distress due to non-payment of dues by consumers, in collecting bills.

The UHBVN City Division office has launched a drive to disconnect power supply of defaulters from the control rooms established in the sub-divisional offices concerned after the installation of smart meters in the city.

In December, the UHBVN disconnected around 920 connections, including 10 of the government offices, for not clearing dues. After this, as many as 550 of those whose connections were disconnected have deposited dues of around Rs 1.33 crore to the UHBVN.

The Model Town sub-division has disconnected 490 connections, of which 325 consumers have paid bills of around Rs 67 lakh. In sub-urban sub-division, around 430 connections were disconnected, of which around 225 consumers got their supply resumed after depositing the bills of around Rs 66 lakh.

"We have started a drive to disconnect power supply of those who have not deposited bills. The drive has been initiated to make people habitual of depositing their electricity bills on time. The similar drive will continue in January also," said Dharam Suhag, XEN, City Division.

He said the smart meter project was started in 2019 and in the first phase 1 lakh normal meters were to be replaced with the smart ones. So far, around 73,000 normal meters have been replaced with smart meters and the remaining will be replaced by March 31, 2021.

"The smart meters are helping the UHBVN in improving metering, billing and collection (MBC) efficiencies and also in collecting revenue," the XEN said, adding that in smart meters there was no need of visiting the site physically to disconnect the supply, which usually resulted in an altercation between consumers and employees.

"The smart meter is a software-based mechanism and UHBVN officials can monitor the consumption of each household by sitting in the office. If any consumer fails to deposit the bill even once, his/her power connection will be disconnected from the sub-division office concerned," the XEN said.

Suhag said the UHBVN had also introduced an app for smart meter consumers, with the help of which consumers can monitor the consumption of electricity as well as bills on mobile phones.


Supply disconnected, Rs1.33 crore collected

  • The UHBVN City Division office has launched a drive to disconnect power supply of defaulters from the control rooms after the installation of smart meters in the city
  • In December, the UHBVN disconnected around 920 connections, including 10 of the government offices, for not clearing dues
  • After this, as many as 550 of those whose connections were disconnected have deposited dues of around Rs1.33 crore to the UHBVN


from The Tribune https://ift.tt/2XhW5me

No comments:

Post a comment