Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal accorded approval for installation of 10 lakh smart meters in Panipat, Karnal, Panchkula, Faridabad and Gurugram. For this, a Memorandum of Understanding between Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and Haryana Power Distribution Utilities would be signed soon.
It is aimed to improve the financial condition of power distribution companies, to encourage energy conservation and to overcome the problems arising in relation to the payment of electricity bills, an official spokesman said. In the first phase EESL would replace old meters with smart meters in the five districts, he added.
Under the Uday Scheme initiated by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, ten thousand old meters were replaced in district Panipat as a pilot project. Now, the scheme would be implemented in other districts of the state.
“The smart meters are equipped with GPRS. Installation of the smart meters along with its associated GPRS system would enable electricity distribution companies to collect real time data on usage,” he added.
He said that under the prestigious ‘Mhara Gaon Jagmag Gaon’ scheme initiated by the present government in 2015, 400 feeders of 2,310 villages are getting round the clock power supply including district Panchkula, Ambala, Faridabad, Gurugram and Sirsa.
From July 1, rural domestic consumers of district Fatehabad would also get 24 hour power supply, he added. Similarly, lines losses have been minimized from 30 to 20 per cent at present which would further be minimized to 15 per cent by March, 2019.