Muslim devotees offer the last Friday prayers of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Shah-i-Hamdan shrine in downtown Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India, on April 29, 2022. (Photo by TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP via Getty Images)
Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL) on Tuesday (14) announced to have set up around 90,000 smart meters in Srinagar district of the Indian Union Territory as a measure to improve the power scenario by a few notches in the run-up to the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan next week.
According to a report by GNS, KPDCL managing director Yasin Choudhary confirmed the news to the media.
He said the process of installing the smart meters was going on for many months and the authorities aim at ensuring interrupted supply of power round the clock to those who have installed the meters.
Choudhary also said that the process has not been without challenges. He said people need to understand that smart meters have “genuine merits”.
“You will not only get just 24 readings, but your bill process will also be generated accurately as it is directly generated from the system, so there is no chance of any human errors. We are also providing good voltage and the efficiency has also been increased. All this is possible only because of smart meters,” he was quoted as saying by Greater Kashmir.
On the issue of tampering with meters, the KPDCL official said such an act can be dealt with strict law and punishment.
He said the power scenario will be much better by the time Ramadan kicks off and if required, the authorities will also make special arrangements to address the situation.
Choudhary also said that specified time slots for Sehri, Iftar or Tarawih will not be affected.