With meter-card set, Bescom hopes to plug revenue leaks

The city’s power distribution utility, Bescom, is set to roll out prepaid meters for electricity consumption in southern and eastern parts of the city to plug leaks in revenues and cut costs incurred on physical inspections. The utility plans to cover half of Bengaluru this year, and the entire city next year.

Builders, event management firms and festival organisers take temporary power connections and Bescom loses revenue whenever its staffers provide such connections without recording them.

“We are now confident of rolling out prepaid meters for temporary connections and cover the entire Bescom region progressively as our pilot project in Indiranagar division has been successful. These meters also ensure the consumer does not exceed the sanctioned load which otherwise would put enormous stress on transformers,” Bescom managing director Pankaj Kumar Pandey told ET. Exceeding the load cap leads to a penalty for the consumer.

Bescom has tied up with the citybased Supermax Components which has customised the Mexican meters to Bescom’s needs.

The self-managed system includes software and a smart card for loading prepayment. The private firm has installed 3,260 meters in Indiranagar division which includes areas from MG Road to the IT hub of Mahadevapura and Whitefield.

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