Discoms awaiting panel nod to install pre-paid electricity meters in MP
The state-run power distribution companies are waiting for the MP Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC) approval to provide pre-paid electricity meters to domestic connection holders in the state.
For first time in the tariff petition in 2016-17, the discoms have proposed to give a rebate of 5 paise per unit to consumers opting to install pre-paid electricity meters.
The move will enable the discoms to save paper, ink and labour costs and generate funds in advance akin to the telecom companies, a discom official said.
The discoms are already providing online bill payment and complaint facilities.
“The discoms will have to replace the existing power meters with the pre-paid meters on demand of the consumers opting for pre-paid services,” MP Power Management Company chief general manager (revenue management) FK Meshram said.
“Top up amount and other strategies will be worked out as soon as the discoms gets nod from the commission,” Meshram said.
It takes around 25 days for the discoms to realise money from the consumers for power supplied in a month including the time required for meter reading, preparing, distribution of bills and giving time to consumer to pay it.
The dharmashalas, gaushalas, old age homes, day care centres for senior citizens, rescue houses, orphanages, places of worship and religious institutions have been included in the domestic category and will also avail of the pre-paid services.