CANSAULIM: Piyush Goyal Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy said that all state and union territory representatives had come to a broad consensus that all electricity metres in the country be replaced with tamper proof smart metering that is also cost efficient.
The almost pan India consensus was taken at the first half of Thursday during the fourth edition of the two day States' Power Minister's Conference at Cansaulim, South Goa.
Under the Ujwal Dicsom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) scheme it was previously decided that the metres of households that consume more than 500 units of power a month would be replaced with smart metres. In the next stage this was to extend to households that consumed up to 200 units of power. However the Goyal said states and Union territories were keen to have smart metres rolled out in a bigger fashion.
Relentless technology upgradation has tremendously brought down the cost of a smart metre from Rs 8000 to Rs 3223 Goyal said, adding that this game changing decision will ensure power thefts are a thing of the past.
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