Tribune press service
Faridabad, October 4
The ambitious project to replace electronic power meters with new smart meters in the city has yet to take off. The project costing several Rs crores was announced about three years ago. At present, the Faridabad circle has a total of about 5.95 lakh of connections.
Proposal for the installation of 2l devices in the 1st phase
The DHBVN had proposed to install around two lakh meters in the first phase. It was due to start in 2020, but due to various obstacles, the department was only able to complete the investigation for the project until the end of the year. Sources, food service
Can be monitored by cell phones
- Equipped with GPS, smart meters should not only reduce the incidence of electricity theft, but will wipe out complaints of misreading and inflated bills, Dakshin officials Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam said.
- Smart power meters can be monitored even by consumers’ cell phones. The meters are both prepaid and postpaid and can be recharged like cell phones.
“The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) had proposed to install about two lakh meters in the first phase. It was due to start in 2020, but due to various obstacles, the department was only able to complete the investigation for the project until the end of 2020, “department sources say.
“Although the investigation in almost all of the subdivisions that had been identified for the first phase of work was carried out, it was still delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic because the meters were not available”, said declared an official on condition of anonymity.
Installation work is unlikely to start soon as the project faces various technical issues, including proper investigation and availability of smart meters and related equipment, it is claimed. While Gurugram is the first city in the state where installation work has already started, Faridabad was due to follow at the start of the year.
Equipped with GPS, smart meters should not only reduce the incidence of electricity theft, but will wipe out complaints of poor meter readings and inflated bills, DHBVN officials say.
Smart power meters can be monitored even
by cell phones from
consumers. The meters are both prepaid and
postpaid types and can
be recharged as
In July of last year, Haryana’s Minister of Energy announced that 30 lakh of smart meters were to be installed in the state by the end of 2024. About 1.5 lakh of such meters have already installed in Gurugram, it is reported.
Describing the unavailability of smart meters and related equipment as the main cause of the delay, Naresh Kakkar, Superintendent Engineer, DHBVN, Faridabad, said it will be launched as soon as the adequate number of meters are available.