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Maharashtra - MSEDCL launches prepaid meters

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Prepaid meterThe Maharashtra State Slectricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) launched prepaid electricity meters in the state on 01-03-2011. In the first phase, 25,000 prepaid meters will be installed in Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Pen, Kalyan, Kolhapur, Mahabaleshwar, Matheran and Chikhaldara, mainly at second homes of consumers. A statement issued by the MSEDCL said that consumers who fit the prepaid meters will be given a concession of five per cent in their electricity bills. "There is a facility of on-line recharge once the validity of the initial amount ends. There is also a special facility called 'happy hours' to enable consumers to recharge the meters on national or other holidays, so that there is no fear of power supply getting disconnected if the meter is due for recharge on a holiday," the statement said. Maharashtra becomes the first state in the country to install prepaid meters on such a large scale.

The prepaid meters cost Rs 2,600, but consumers who wish to install them will not have to bear the cost. The MSEDCL will install these meters and has got sanctions for the same from the Maharashtra electricity regulatory commission (Merc), the statement said. No security deposit will be taken from consumers. The meters are tamperproof, so as to prevent issues like meter bypassing and/or theft and unlawful use of power.

An MSEDCL official said that the focus would be on installing meters at second homes of people in major cities and places of tourist interest. "Depending on the response, the MSEDCL will decide about launching the second phase," he said.

Consumers who install the meters have to pay a certain amount to purchase electricity units they require and the amount of units used is then debited from this the account. If the meter is not recharged, electricity supply is automatically disconnected. The recharge coupon will be in the form of a card which has to be inserted in the meter to recharge it.

The MSEDCL plans to set up 20 vending machines in 20 MSEDCL circles in the state to enable consumers to buy recharge coupons, besides an online recharging facility. The power utility is spending Rs 16.50 crore on the first phase.

Source- Times of India

 

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