Mangaluru: Smart electricity meters will be fixed by 2025 – Mescom MD
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Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (SP)
Mangaluru, February 22: “By 2025, current electricity meters will be replaced by smart meters everywhere. This ambitious program will be implemented in stages,” said Managing Director of Mangalore Electricity Supply Company Ltd (Mescom), Prashant Kumar Mishra.
He was responding to a farmer who pointed out during the public hearing on the electricity tariff review proposal held at the auditorium of the Deputy Commissioner’s Office of Dakshina Kannada here on Monday February 21 that many meters of push-up groups were not read regularly. The meeting was chaired by HM Manjunath, Chairman of Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC).
Mishra assured that the smart meters will work efficiently and asked people to join hands to make this program a success.
He said that Mescom served 61.55 lake dwellers spread over 29 taluks in four districts and served the people well. He said that houses without electrical connection are searched and provided with electrical connection under the “Belaku” program. He also said that new plans have been drawn up to ensure that entrepreneurs who operate hospitals, industries, commercial enterprises, agricultural activities, the manufacture of ice factories and other entities which are the main sources of Mescom’s revenues are not budgeted, by new regimes. He also pledged to take action to ensure that unscientific electrical connections that are causing the death of animals and birds are repaired.
Mishra said several new power sub-stations have been installed in Malpe under Udupi, Guthigar under Puttur etc. to increase income and benefit the population. “KPTCL has also started works at Ulavi in Sorab taluk, Udupi and Thirthahalli for upgrading and strengthening the power grid.
KERC Chairman, HM Manjunath, who listened to the objections and opinions expressed by the people, farmers and industrialists, said that KERC was always working for the benefit of the people and officials were asked to perform their duties sincerely to ensure that the people enjoy all the facilities to which they are entitled. He asked people to cooperate with Mescom to streamline the systems. He assured that the revision of electricity tariffs will be done in such a way that farmers and agricultural activities are stimulated and domestic consumers are not unduly overburdened. He said he noticed that ice factories were suffering because of rising electricity rates and assured measures to support fishing and other industries. He called on officials to ensure that electricity is not wasted in gram panchayats, city panchayats and other departments and by making wise use of street lights.
Teacher. Raveendra Gujjarabettu, Nazeer and Devadas Shettigar brought their issues to the committee’s attention and made some suggestions.
Members of the public, industrialists, Mescom managers, and other officials were present.