Amid rising protest against the installation of smart meters in Kota city, Kota Electricity Distribution Limited (KEDL) on Sunday evening organised a consumer meet on the benefits of Smart Meter. KEDL team comprising of technical experts, through a PowerPoint Presentation, explained how a consumer gets all the information about his power consumption easily on his mobile or laptop after installing a Smart Meter.The consumers can also keep a track of the electricity savings as this information is available in every 15 minutes of power consumption. With the smart meter, a meter reader is also not required to take the readings at the consumer’s residence. Furthermore, there is absolutely no possibility of error in bill reading due to human negligence.The experts also informed the consumer does not have to bother to file a complaint if power is shut down as the Smart Meter automatically updates the information at the company’s command station.Meanwhile, the locals in the city have been protesting against the installation of smart meters in the city alleging the smart meters records high reading of power consumption. Locals in various areas of the city have formed separate ‘Sangarsh Samitis’ to fight against the installation of smart meters.‘Smart meters are the machine of robbery and the government has given a free hand to the private company to loot the public’, told Brajesh Vijayvergya, spokesperson of a protesting group against smart meters. The smart meter runs fast and records very reading but the private company is covering this fact and highlighting only the technical benefits of the smart meters, he said. Brajesh Vijay also pointed out that the smart meters are being installed only in those localities where the consumers pay bills regularly while it has left the localities developed on encroachment areas where people do not pay any electric bills.The public is forced for installation of smart meters and it is unfortunate that no public representative is coming up for public support, told OP Saxena, a resident of Dadabari area. ‘Smart meter is a tool to open loot from the public in the name of consumption’, he said adding the power company and the government should first ensure payment from the consumers as a large number of power consumers still do not pay bills in encroachment localities. Protest by local residentsThe locals in the city have been protesting against the installation of smart meters alleging the they records high reading of consumption. Locals in various areas have formed separate ‘Sangarsh Samitis’ to fight against the installation of smart meters. ‘Smart meters are the machine of robbery and the government has given a free hand to the private company to loot the public’, told Brajesh Vijayvergya, spokesperson of a protesting group against smart meters.
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