Govt Orders Action Against People Opposing Smart Meters

Div Com Kashmir chairs meeting for installation of smart meters

Srinagar- The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Monday directed the district authorities in this capital city to tackle resistance by any person in the process of installation of smart meters amicably and take strict action against those creating hindrances or damaging public property.

These directions were passed by the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Pandurang K Pole on Monday while chairing a meeting here regarding installation of smart meters in Srinagar City, an official spokesperson said.

The meeting was attended by MD KPDCL, SP headquarter, ADC Srinagar, CE KPDCL, SE O&M Circle 2nd Srinagar, CEO, IT&C, Executive Directors Division 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th, DGM RECPDCL, Executive Director M/S Techno electronic and other officers.

At the outset, the official spokesperson said that the Chief Engineer Power Distribution gave a detailed presentation on status of Smart Metering Projects in Srinagar under Phase-I & Phase-II, smart metering project under PMDP, AMI Implementation Status, feeders identified for smart metering in Srinagar, feeder wise meter installation progress, field activity progress, funding and road map for AMI projects, major right of way issues, Row issues.

On the occasion, he said, the Div Com directed district administration and police to tackle resistance by any person in the process of installation of smart meters amicably.

“He also said that if any person creates hindrances and damages public property then strict action shall be taken against him,” he added.

Pole, as per the official spokesperson also directed concerned officers to create awareness among the people regarding utility and advantages of smart metering in ensuring constant supply of electricity.

“Div Com directed to involve opinion leaders, religious leaders and social activists to motivate people regarding installation of Smart meters,” he said.

“He said the message should be loud and clear regarding the execution of work besides utilizing social media and other channels to familiarize and sensitize general people about advantages of smart meters,” he added.

According to the official spokesperson, the meeting was informed that under smart metering project Srinagar Phase-I, out of 57750 meters, 11348 have been installed till now. It was further informed that 15000 meters are committed to be delivered in the month of Feb-2022.

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