Friday, February 24, 2017
In an effort to encourage government offices to pay their power bills promptly, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has cleared a proposal to install prepaid meters from April 2017.
Sources said that tenders have been called for the equipment. The price of meters ranges from Rs.6,000 to Rs.12,000 depending upon single, two or three-phase power that is supplied. Installation of prepaid meters has been considered as a disciplinary measure which prompts careful utilization of power and payment of bills within the stipulated time.
Principal Secretary (energy) Ajay Jain said that the State was one of the few States taking up installation of prepaid meters which would give sound alerts as and when the consumption reaches a threshold. For the time being, the initiative will be limited to government offices and replicated in other sectors in due course. He said that financial modalities such as amount that can be charged through prepaid vouchers and cost factor for the Discom are being worked out, he said.