Chennai: In a pilot project, 1.27 lakh consumers in T Nagar will soon be connected to smart meters for measuring electricity consumption, with Tangedco’s proposal getting a nod from the Chennai Smart City Limited (CSCL). Corporation sources said Rs 86 crore has been sanctioned for the project, to be carried out by Tangedco. The project will help to remotely monitor consumption and reduce pilferage, sources said.
Tangedco’s proposal is for providing the design, supply, installation, and maintenance of advanced metering infrastructure for 1.27 lakh household in the thickly populated T Nagar region. The project is estimated to cost around Rs 113 crore, of which Rs 86 crore will be spent by CSCL, sources told TOI, and the remaining money will be mobilised by Tangedco.
A senior Tangedco official told TOI that the project had been implemented in other states like Uttar Pradesh because the billing process was not proper leading to huge losses.
“Tamil Nadu does not have issues pertaining to billing. In more than 99% of the consumers, the bill amount is paid and recovered. But the purpose of smart meters is not so much for improving billing. It will provide consumers more transparency on their consumption. The meter readings will directly be fed to a central server which will be provided to the consumer through apps or online,” said a Tangedco official. Tangedco is often under staff crunch and the manual way of reading meters can be changed to remote monitoring using these meters, said an official from CSCL.
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