Electricity consumers in Maharashtra excluding Mumbai can no more expect hefty monthly bill as the state-run electricity distribution company (MahaVitaran) has stepped up its drive to install new technology savvy meters.
comprising 13.4 million residential, 3 million agricultural, 1.34 million commercial and 2.5 lakh industrial consumers. So far, MahaVitaran has installed new meters comprising radio frequency (RF), infra red (IR) and automatic meter reading (AMR) meters to 4.7 million consumers.
MahaViataran managing director Ajoy Mehta told Business Standard, "The objective is to avoid human interface. The installation of these meters is in itself a big investment opportunity nearly 1.5 to 4 million meters will be required annually. The entire procurement is done through bidding process."
He informed that for all new connections particularly for high tension (HT) consumers the AMR meters will be installed. HT consumers are those whose load in the municipal corporation area is more than 207 HP and other areas it is more than 107 HP.
MahaVitaran official said the technology savvy meters is an integral part of the Rs 10,000 crore investment plan for the creation and up-gradation of distribution infrastructure launched since 2008.
Further, the state MahaVitaran has a consumer base of over 22.1 million. cabinet has also given its approval in early January for additional investment of Rs 6,500 crore and the tendering under the same has also been launched.
RF unit, similar to those used in cell phones, will be installed on meters. The meter reader's hand-held unit (HHU) will have a RF unit. The meter reader's unit will be able to record the readings of all the meters located one after another within 30 metre. It will take only five seconds to record one reading.
As far as IR meters are concerned, a chip would be installed in the meter and another in the HHU. The HHU must be within 1.5m of the meter for taking the reading and there should be no obstruction.
In case of AMR, a modem will be installed with the meter and the data will be transferred through GSM or GPS network. The official informed that these meters undergo nearly 26 different tests and thereafter quality assurance test to avoid loopholes, if any.
Source - Business standard