The federal government has decided to use the prepaid electricity meters to tackle the grave issue of energy shortage. The decision was taken by the Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet, led by Finance Minister Asad Umar.
The apex policy-making body on economic matters has chosen to take stern steps to overcome the power crises and prevent electricity thefts across the country. They also vowed to cut the electric connections of the subscribers who fail to pay the bill in consecutively for 3 months.
As per reports, the electric prepaid meters will be installed in the areas having a low recovery. We expect from the government to implement the policy on a larger scale by expanding it to replace all the meters with the prepaid and postpaid connections which will be very much similar to the mobile SIMs.
How will it work?
- Smart electric meters will have a chip inside.
- The users will be able to top up the balance just like we do with our mobiles.
- The connection will automatically be turned off in case of low balance
Some time ago, Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) had completed the report for Advanced Metering Infrastructure, but due to political reasons, it never became reality. In this age, we are still having human meter readers instead of wirelessly communicating the data between Wapda servers and the users’ meters.
In short, it will work like the balance of your mobile phone network. If implemented, this reform will bring huge amounts of revenue to the national exchequer. It is also worth mentioning here that the staff of Wapda especially the meter readers are found to be involved in the cases of electricity theft.
Prepaid electricity meters will end these fraudulent activities in the power sector of Pakistan and will help the country to focus on other matters.