As part of the government plan to replace 2.0 crore traditional meters by prepaid ones within 2025, Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) will set up 7.50 lakh more meters within December 2019.
“We have installed 4 lakh prepaid meters up to June 2019 under BREB areas of Dhaka Division and another 7.50 lakh meters will be installed within December 2019,” Project Director of Prepayment Meter Project in BREB Md Rafiqul Islam told the news agency.
He said as a part of the government vision-2021, a plan has been taken to install 31 lakh more smart prepayment meters within 2021, adding, “Currently the government is providing 01 per cent rebate on electricity recharge amount. As the prepayment meter bills on actual uses, so there is no chance of ghost billing, consumers’ sufferings and other anomalies in the power sector”.
In addition, prepayment meters protect the appliances (Light, Fan, Refrigerator etc) from voltage fluctuation, the project director said.
“To utilize electricity properly, reduce the misuse of electricity and to facilitate the automatic billing system, the government has introduced the prepayment meters in BREB,” he said.
Talking to BSS State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said the government has taken initiatives to replace 2.0 crore traditional meters by prepaid meters within 2025 for ensuring transparency in electricity billing system.
“The government under the honest and sincere leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is committed to provide electricity for all within -2021 as per the slogan of the government-Sheikh Hasina’s initiative for reaching electricity in every house,” he added.