DEHRADUN: Following the Manipur model, the Uttarakhand Power Corporation Limited (UPCL) has now decided to install prepaid power meters in state-owned buildings and establishments in a phased manner from next month. The UPCL has purchased over 7000 prepaid meters to launch the ambitious project which aims to cut down the losses of the discom. According to the records accessed by TOI, state government departments owe over Rs 250 crores to the UPCL.
BCK Mishra, managing director of UPCL, said, “The work of installing new prepaid meters would start after getting clearances from different departments. Each department will also be given a 2% subsidy in the monthly power bill.”
Explaining the unique feature of the prepaid meters, Mishra said, “The meters will disconnect power supply after the user exceeds its maximum power consumption limit. Much like a prepaid SIM card, the user would get the details of the unit consumed on his mobile phone through alert messages,” said Mishra.