Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) has set a target to install 10 million smart pre-paid meter by 2025 to facilitate its clients for paying hassle-free monthly power bills, official said.
"We have a target to set up 10 million smart pre-payment meter across the country by 2025," project director of smart pre-paid metering of BREB Md Rafiqul Islam told the FE.
At present BREB has 27 million clients.
Out of them, about 0.5 million are now paying monthly power bills through smart pre-paid meter system.
Three million more new clients will be included by the end of the current year.
The BREB official said that the process is underway to set up one million smart pre-paid meter involving the cost of Tk three billion during the fiscal year 2019-20.
The BREB started to install smart pre-paid meter system from 2017 aiming to check misuses of power and get actual revenue against the consumption of power.
The BREB official further said that under smart pre-paid/ payment power billing system is same as mobile recharging system.
The clients could use power upon its financial ability by using smart pre-payment meter.
Besides, they could see their respective ongoing power load and reading. They will get Tk 100 instantly as emergency credit if their pre-paid money is exhausted.
The government started to install smart (online) pre-payment meter system from 2011.
Apart from BREB's smart pre-paid metre installation project, more 10 million smart pre-paid meter will also be installed by DPDC, PDB, DESCO, Ozopadico and Nesco as part of the government's vision to ensure supply of cent percent electricity to all the households.
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