Residents of Peshawar have asked the federal government to remove digital meters installed in the houses. According to them, these meters run faster than the previous analog meters and have resulted in excessive billing.
The citizens are pushing the federal government to replace these devices immediately. They have threatened a protest against the government if their demand is not fulfilled.
The government has begun replacing the old mechanical meters with the computerized ones in Lahore, Faisalabad, and Peshawar under the Power Distribution Programme (PDP) funded by USAID. The new state-of-the-art digital power meters show the real-time usage of electricity to newly-established power distribution control
The new state-of-the-art digital power meters show the real-time usage of electricity to newly-established power distribution control centers. Their readings are considered perfect than the readings provided by the analog meters.
While talking to The Express Tribune, a man said that his monthly power bill had been increased from between Rs. 1,600 and Rs. 2,000 per month to more than Rs. 5,000 per month.
Earlier in October 2014, the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s probe commission letter – which was sent to the power distribution companies – said that the new meters run on 35% faster speed than the old ones.
However, the Federal Ministry for Power reportedly rejected the claims by saying the commission should properly investigate the matter before reaching such a conclusion.
According to the authorities at Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO), the new electricity meters can read even if only a mobile charger is plugged in. The digital meters are according to the international standards and accurately reading the actual power consumption.
Earlier, it was reported that the government is considering to introduce a prepaid system for electricity bill payments. The people will be able to purchase electricity by using prepaid cards. Just like they purchase the credit for their mobile phones. Other than this, the work has been started on the mega project of the net metering in Lahore.
Net metering is a system that allows the residential and commercial customers who own a solar power system to share their electricity with the grid stations. Their electricity meters then run in the reverse direction and the power companies credit the owners for the electricity they add to the grid.
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