Odisha government has announced that it has decided to introduce pre-paid smart electricity meters in the state in order to end power theft and meter tampering, Energy Minister D S Mishra said.
The consumers will get a pre-paid card to re-charge their electricity meter as they do in mobile phone service after completion of their paid amount, he said.
The key purpose of installing such meters is to put a check on meter tampering and power theft.
Smart meters will be launched on a pilot basis in Sambalpur and Rourkela and the government will resolve on extending this facility to the rest of the state after getting response from the two towns, Mishra said.
States such as Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, New Delhi and Puducherry have already implemented such meters, he said.
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