The government has decided to allow eligible private companies to import and sell pre-paid gas meters to around 40 lakh domestic consumers.
Titas Gas Distribution and Transmission Company officials said it would cost each domestic consumer about Tk 20,000 to get a pre-paid meter installed.
The private companies to be eligible under the guidelines under preparation by the Energy and Mineral Resources Division will be permitted to sell pre-paid gas meters worth around Tk 800 crore, they also said.
State-run Petrobangla would set the specifications of the pre-paid gas meters, said the officials.
Titas Gas Distribution and Transmission Company, supplies natural gas to 27 lakh domestic consumers across the country.
And, 15 lakh domestic other domestic consumers get piped cook gas supply from the other government run gas utilities.
The government wants all the 42 lakh domestic consumers to get their pre-paid meters installed in phases.
In 2017, Titas Gas Distribution and Transmission Company’s Installation of Pre-paid Gas Meter Project began installing two lakh pre-paid gas meters with funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
The Tk 748-crore project was undertaken to check gas leakage and wastage, project director Md Foyzer Rahman said.
He also said that already 1.89 lakh pre-paid gas meters had been installed at Gulshan, Banani, Baridara, Tejgaon, Cantonment and Uttara in the capital without charging any money the consumers.
The Titas Gas Distribution and Transmission Company wants to install at least one laklh more pre-paid gas meters to consumers in the capital charging no money from them, he said.