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No alternative to smart metering, process will continue: KPDCL amid protests by consumers

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Smart meters installed on an electric pole in Srinagar. [FPK Photo/ Kaisar Ali]

Protests will yield nothing; meters to be installed everywhere; users to get power usage directly on their mobiles: MD KPDCL

Srinagar: As the protests against installation of smart meters continue in various parts of Srinagar, the Kashmir Power Development Corporation (KPDCL) Ltd has said there is no alternative to smart metering and that the process will continue come what may.

On Monday, many parts of Srinagar including Batamaloo, Habakadal and a few more areas of the city witnessed protests against the installation of smart meters. However, KPDCL reiterated that the process will continue and that the protests were going to yield nothing.

Managing Director KPDCL Baseer ul Haq Chowdhary told news agency KNO that there is no fun of taking to streets against installation of the smart meters. “People must understand that the move is aimed to provide uninterrupted and quality power to them. The process won’t stop and every area will be covered in a phased manner,” he said.

He said that there is no alternative to smart meters. “These meters will help individuals become smarter. They will get accurate and direct readings on their mobile phones and other smart devices,” the MD KPDCL said.

About the rates per unit of electricity, the MD said that in J&K rates are far less than what they see in other states of the country. “In fact, we have the lowest rate per unit of electricity in J&K,” he said.

On frequent power cuts in some areas, the MD KPDCL said that some interruptions in the power supply may be taking place due to repair work or upgradation of the system.

“Curtailment is must as the system is frequently being upgraded and prepared for winters. If no upgrading is done, we will not be able to function,” he said.

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