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NDMC replaces 50,000 old meters with ‘smart’ ones
The New Delhi Municipal Council on Wednesday replaced 50,000 conventional electricity meters with smart meters, making NDMC the first distribution company in India to implement 100% smart metering solution. The adoption of smart meters will enhance consumer convenience and rationalise electricity consumption.
The smart meters come with multiple user-friendly features like user’s profile, latest consumption and instantaneous reading, user’s consumption pattern for the last seven, 15 and 30 days and also allows users to register complaints for quick resolution, besides showing the load pattern of the household.
Minister for power, new and renewable energy R K Singh inaugurated NDMC’s smart meter project at an event where the smart meter feature was added on NDMC 311 mobile application, which enables consumers to access various services.
“The central government is accelerating adoption of smart meters to ensure efficient management of electricity by checking data-entry errors, billing inefficiencies and cutting the costs of manual meter reading through web-based monitoring system. Smart meters will revolutionise the power sector through their vast cascade of benefits. This move will generate skilled employment for the youth,” Singh said.
The adoption of smart meters is estimated to lead to total annual savings of Rs 12.47 crore for NDMC, which include revenue due to improvement in billing efficiency. “NDMC has adopted the smart meter programme as part of government’s plan to upgrade the national energy system. It will play a role in the country’s journey towards becoming a lower-carbon economy and an energy-secure nation,” NDMC chairman Naresh Kumar said.
Lauding the NDMC move in energy conservation LG Anil Baijal advised the municipal body to find a similar solution for distribution of potable water.