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Over 1 lakh meters to be installed by July 22: Union Home Secretary

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Reviews progress of Smart Metering, Privatization of power distribution

SRINAGAR: The Union Home Secretary, Ajay Kumar Bhalla Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting with the Chief Secretaries of the Union Territories to review the progress of privatization of power distribution and smart metering in the UTs.
Chief Secretary, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta participated in the meeting on behalf of UT Government.
At the outset, a detailed presentation was given by the Ministry of Power showing progress and status achieved in privatization of power distribution and installation of smart meters in the UTs.
It was informed that 63,844 smart meters have been installed in the UT of J&K and the target of 1.15 lakh meters will be achieved by July as the process for the instillation has been expedited across the UT.
During the meeting, it was also informed that the Request for Proposal (RFP) for six lakh meters was published on January 1, 2022, which is going to be finalized soon. Similarly, project proposal for remaining 14.95 lakh meters as per Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS) guidelines is under formulation, the meeting was informed.
On future course, Dr Mehta informed that under Stage-I, a report has been got prepared highlighting advisory which include human resources policy and employee handbook compendium, peak hour and unrestricted energy demand forecast along with estimation of Capex requirement, besides the opening of balance sheet of two DISCOMs, sharing of common resources between Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and statutory compliance and options for future along with pros and cons of each option. It was also informed that Stage-II will be taken up after completion of Stage-I.
Union Home Secretary expressed satisfaction that the UT administration is extending full support to the executing agencies for timely achievements of the milestones in the Schemes and assured all cooperation of the Union Government to ensure that the prepaid metering will is taken forward in a focused manner.

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