Power ministry mandates use of smart prepaid meters from April 2019
Smart meters are a part of the overall advanced metering infrastructureNSE 0.00 % solutions (AMI) aimed at better demand response designed to reduce energy consumption during peak hours.
“Move towards smart meters is a pro poor step as consumers need not pay the whole month's bill in one go. Instead they can pay as per their requirements,” the statement added.
Singh in June this year had asked meter manufacturers to ramp up production of smart prepaid meters, as the increase in number of consumers being added to the electricity grid will ensure a steady demand.
The government is procuring smart and prepaid meters to be deployed across the country. State-owned Energy Efficiency ServicesNSE -0.34 % Limited (EESL) has floated two global tenders for procuring a total of 10 million smart meters.
The government also plans to install 10 million prepaid meters in Uttar Pradesh as part of the Saubhagya scheme which aims to electrif ..