24-hr Power Supply, PDD starts installation of Pre-paid Electric Meter


Srinagar: The Power Development Department (PDD) has started the process of installation of pre-paid electric meters beginning from two areas of Nishat and Rajbagh in Srinagar city to supply 24-hour electricity to consumers here.

The project though having received much hype was to roll out in April, but has only begun now. Officials said that an estimated 10 lakh prepaid electricity meters are to be installed and the government hopes to keep an abundant stock to meet with the demand of 24-hour power supply in Kashmir. The PDD will benefit by cutting down on Transmission and Distribution (T&D) losses due to pilferage.

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Earlier the department had started the process of installation of electronic meters to control pilferage in 2005. However, so far the department has only been able to meter 42 percent of the 9.65 lakh consumers in Kashmir.

According to a Power Development Department (PDD) official, of the 9.65 lakh registered consumers in Kashmir, only 3.99 lakh are metered.

Chief Engineer PDD, Kashmir, Hashmat Qazi said the pre-paid meters would streamline electricity consumption.