The much-hyped project of installation of around 2 lakh prepaid electricity meters to reduce Transmission and Distribution (T&D) losses and provide 24-hour power supply in Jammu Kashmir is yet to take off.
The project was supposed to start in 2018.
However, it got delayed till 2019, even though the process of purchasing pre-paid meters had started in January 2019.
The installation was supposed to begin in April 2019.
The process has again been again put on hold.
In August 2018, the government had outsourced the project to Rural Electricity Corporation Power Distribution Company Limited (RECPDCL).
As part of the agreement, the company would procure and install 9.25 lakh electronic prepaid meters in the rural and urban areas of Jammu Kashmir, sanctioned under various schemes at an estimated cost of Rs 282.15 crore.
The company would also procure and install 2 lakh smart meters in towns and urban areas of Jammu at an estimated cost of Rs 126.54 crore.
However, there was no specific timeline to complete the project.
The introduction of pre-paid meters is aimed to streamline power consumption in J&K and to check pilferage.
With the new pre-paid meters, the usage of electricity is directly proportional to the amount recharged.
Chief Engineer KPDCL, Ajaz Ahmad Dar said he would come up with the detailed summary in a few days about the status of the project.
"Give me some time. I will explain it all," he said.
The PDD was supposed to introduce smart meters and pre-paid meters for the urban and rural areas of J&K.
As per the agreement, RECPDCL would undertake operation and maintenance services for the meters in rural and urban areas, at an estimated cost of Rs 44.53 crore.
The company would also manage meter reading and bill generation in rural and urban areas at an estimated cost of Rs 61.32 crore.