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Prepaid power meters to all consumers in 2 yrs

PATNA: All the 1.five crore customers in Bihar shall be provided sensible prepaid electrical energy meters within the subsequent two years. Chief minister Nitish Kumar licensed ‘in-principle’ the state power department’s plan at a meeting on Tuesday, a senior officer instructed TOI.
State power department’s principal secretary Pratyaya Amrit made a detailed presentation ahead of the CM and energy minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav about his department’s plan to shift the entire 1.five crore energy connections to sensible prepaid meters within the subsequent 3 years. But the CM, whilst praising the plan, requested the dep. to scale back the period and check out to complete the work within the shortest imaginable period.

After the CM’s instruction, resources said, the power department is reworking on a plan to complete the duty within the subsequent two years. “The proposal will quickly be despatched to the cabinet for its formal approval. The work will start quickly after that and most certainly inside a month,” the professional said.

“Once the work begins, Bihar will grow to be the first state within the nation to execute such a large plan of shifting 1.five crore energy connections to sensible prepaid meters. No different state has so far planned such a giant move,” an power department officer said, including as soon as completed, Bihar would be the first state to reach this milestone.

The department had provided pre-paid meters to 111 customers at Maurya Lok Complex in Patna on a pilot foundation two months back. The trial run has been successful, the professional said.

Prepaid sensible meter is a pro-consumer step. Once it is installed, the patron will not need to pay all of the month’s bill at one move. The consumer can recharge one’s electrical energy meter as in step with requirements, every other professional familiar with the era said.

Meanwhile, the CM additionally reviewed the sun tasks and requested the officers to expedite work on the two energy plants proposed at Kajra in Lakhisarai district and Pirpainti in Bhagalpur district to give a boost to manufacturing of solar power within the state.

He requested industries department’s principal secretary Okay Okay Pathak, who was provide within the assembly, to issue vital directions to the Infrastructure Development Authority for early free up of Rs395 crore to the power department for acquisition of the rest 20% land required for the 2 solar energy plants.

The two sun plants are slated to be commissioned by 2022. Each plant will produce 250MW of solar power.

CM additionally requested the officers to expedite alternative of decrepit electric wires in both urban and rural spaces.

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