Nitish Directs Officials to Go Full Steam on ‘Smart’ Pre-Paid Power Meters

Nitish Kumar holding meeting with power officials on Tuesday.

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Patna: After virtually dropping the debate on Patna as a ‘Smart City’ despite years of hype by the state government, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is now shifting his focus on ‘Smart Pre-paid Meter System’ that purports to stop waste of energy and improve revenue in the state.

At a meeting of the state Energy Department, Principal Secretary Pratyay Amrit gave a presentation on the ‘Smart Pre-paid Meter’ system that he said would be revolutionary in saving energy as people will consume only that much energy that they could afford to pay for with the added advantage of eliminating the need to stand in long queues to pay the bill.

The plan works like a pre-paid cell phone scheme where one can recharge the SIM based on one’s ability to pay.

“If the consumer runs out of pre-paid money, power will be shut down automatically. This can be restored after the consumer re-charges the pre-paid service,” Amrit said.

The Chief Minister directed the department to expedite installation of the new system in all household and small businesses in the state.

Kumar also asked the official to speed up work on solar energy projects in Kajra and Pirpainti where work had already begun a couple of years ago.

Expressing strong feeling for the dilapidated cluster of power cable hanging from every single light and transformer pole in Bihar, the Chief Minister said that these hanging electric wires were a threat to the passers-by and a huge eyesore to anyone visiting the state capital.

Bihar Energy Minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav, CM advisor Anjani Kumar Singh, Chief Secretary Deepak Kumar, Development Commissioner Subhash Sharma, CM’s personal secretary Chanchal Kumar were among many who were present at the meeting.


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