BAREILLY- The Madhyanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (MVVNL) has installed approximately 18,000 ‘smart meters’ in Bareilly city so far this year, which is roughly 10 per cent of total consumers. According to information received from the power department, the city has around 1.82 lakh power consumers.
Officials at MVVNL said power consumers of both commercial and domestic categories are to be given smart meters on priority, with government departments to be covered later. It will take around a year for Bareilly to completely switch to smart meters.
Speaking to TOI, MVVNL executive engineer (Bareilly) Mukesh Kumar said, “Of the 1.82 lakh consumers in the city, including domestic, commercial and government, smart meters have been installed at 18,000 domestic and commercial establishments. Installation/replacement of old meters began in September. We are still working on the project, installing new meters as soon as we receive the supply. However, 100 per cent implementation of the Smart Grid Project in Bareilly would probably take around a year.”
He added, “Smart meters are being installed free of cost by the power department in collaboration with L&T (Larsen & Tourbo), which won the bid to supply five million smart meters under the Centre’s Smart Grid Project.”
Explaining benefits of switching to smart meters, official said these meters will enable power consumers to keep track of their actual power consumption, while enabling corporation officials to collect real-time data of electricity consumption.
SDO Bareilly Sathyarth Gangwar said, “Smart meters enable electricity consumers to monitor their power consumption pattern and its cost, which enables them to reduce wastage and ultimately results in savings. Also, risk of tampering with these meters is low, hence theft is curbed.”
Officials said once the corporation completely switches to smart meters, they will be converted into prepaid meters.