Bhubaneswar, August 20 (LocalWire): The state government is working on a plan to roll out prepaid electricity metering system that will the discoms do away with the cases of pending bills at all levels, including domestic and industrial users as well as by government offices.
The initiative comes in the backdrop of the central government’s plan of changing all electricity meters in the country to prepaid smart meters by 2022.
According to reports, the state Department of Energy has already implemented a pilot project in few government offices in Sambalpur and plans to roll out the second phase of the pilot project by installing prepaid electricity metering system in Rourkela.
Unlike the existing system where the electricity bill is generated based on the usage in a particular billing cycle, the prepaid system allows a consumer to purchase units of electricity in advance, and continue to recharge as per usage.
Since the new system involves pre-purchase of electricity units, the power connection to the consumer will automatically get disconnected once the balance gets exhausted and the user will need to recharge the account to resume power supply.
Based on the review of the two pilot projects, the state government will chalk out a plan to extend the prepaid electricity service across Odisha.
Experts point out that the prepaid electricity system will be able to check power pilferage and tackle the problem of huge pending bills that have been plaguing the discoms and impacting power generating companies further.