Is the smart meter programme under UDAY really smart?

Is the smart meter programme under UDAY really smart?

The key to the success of a smart meter implementation programme is its ability to provide reliable electricity consumption data, to be used for plugging operational inefficiencies in the system.

This needs smart planning and a smarter execution. However, the poor progress of the smart metering initiative under Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) raises serious concerns regarding planning and execution of the programme.

The Indian government launched the UDAY scheme in November 2015 to address the ailing operational and financial health of distribution companies (Discoms). It mandated the installation of smart meters — for consumption above 500 units per month (by December 2017) and above 200 units per month (by December 2019).

The scheme aimed at improved data tracking and monitoring in order to reduce aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) losses. Read more

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