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JK govt permits engaging private firm for electric meters installation and billing

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

The government has accorded sanction for engaging a private company for installation of and billing to consumers in the state.

"In a significant decision aimed at reducing AT&C losses in the power sector and improving metering, the (SAC) has accorded sanction to the engagement of the Rural Power (RECPDCL) as PIA on nomination basis," an said.

The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the SAC chaired by N N Vohra here yesterday.

As part of the agreement, the company will procure and install 9.25 lakh electronic meters in the rural and urban areas of the state, sanctioned under various schemes at an estimated cost of Rs 282.15 crore.

It will also procure and install 2,00,000 smart meters in towns and urban areas of the state at an estimated cost of Rs 126.54 crore.

It will undertake operation and for the upkeep of consumer metering in rural and urban areas, at an estimated cost of Rs 44.53 crore.

The company will also manage meter reading and bill generation in rural and urban areas at an estimated cost of Rs 61.32 crore.

The said the SAC also accorded approval to the engagement of (PGCIL) for execution of project in the state at an estimated cost of Rs 140.55 crore.

The project will have attributes like (SAS), Smart Collection Mechanism (SCM), Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), Outage Management System (OMS), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) System and Peak Load Management (PLM).

The PGCIL is being entrusted with the job of execution of project for 19 towns and industrial areas in the state.

The state is presently faced with the challenge of reducing high level of AT&C losses, which have been at 60 per cent during the financial year 2016-17. This high percentage of Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses is one of the reasons for the gap between demand and supply, the said.

The reduction of AT&C losses is not only essential for revenue realization but is equally important for providing reliable and quality power to all categories of consumers, he said.

The vision of the government is to accomplish 24X7 Power for all by 2019 in a time-bound manner which cannot be accomplished unless 100 per cent consumer metering is achieved, he added.

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 17:05 IST