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JK consumers to recharge metres for electricity

SRINAGAR: On the pattern of prepaid mobile phones, the consumers of Power Development Department have to recharge their metres for the electricity.
Government has outsourced a project for installation of around 10 lakh prepaid and smart electricity meters to check the power pilferage in Jammu and Kashmir.
The government has engaged the Rural Electricity Corporation Power Distribution Company Limited (RECPDCL), a private company for procurement and installment 10 lakh prepaid and smart meters in the state. The cost of the project is over Rs 400 crore.
An official of the Power Development Department said that prepaid meters will have to be recharged just like a prepaid mobile phone number.
“The consumers will be given a card for recharging the meters. Once the electricity consumed exceeds the recharge amount, the meter will stop functioning,” the official said.
The official said that they will also reduce the role of field staff. “They will give accurate information and will be connected to centralized system,” the official said.

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