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19 January 2016 11:09 am - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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All analog electricity meters in the country would be replaced with smart meters within next couple of months, Power and Renewable Energy Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera said today.

While addressing a media briefing he said steps had been taken to replace five billion analog electricity meters to smart meters.

“This will take time and very costly.  However, will provide a facility to save electricity and will help consumers to minimise their cost and better manage their power expenses,” the Minister said.

“Power and Renewable Energy Ministry is to provide electricity supply to each and every low income family without charging a connection fee, from today.

“If a family could not afford to do their house-wiring, that job will also be done by the Ministry. The estimated cost of Rs. 40, 000 would be recovered within six years in 72 monthly installments, which will be added to the monthly bill,” the Minister said.

“The facility would provide electricity islandwide,” he said.

“Only a 25 percent from the initial cost would be charged when providing electricity connection to Small, Medium Enterprises and large scale companies and the rest 75 percent would be charged within five years on monthly installments.

Those companies could pay the electricity connection fee as they make profits, he said.

“This method would be a relief for companies and it will encourage companies from the beginning,” Mr. Perera said. (Chaturanga Pradeep and Yohan Perera)

Video by Chaturanga Pradeep

  Comments - 11

  • godaya Wednesday, 20 January 2016 04:20 AM

    Excellent idea minister. You have outdone yourself this time.May we know how much commission you secured from the manufacturers of these meters?

    milinda Wednesday, 20 January 2016 05:47 AM

    At present the govt. do not have funds to do projects. This may be another was to siphon public funds and earn their commissions.

    ET Wednesday, 20 January 2016 06:27 AM

    Not all meters! When inquired Leco says only 3 phase meters. This is what happens when a lawyer in handling Electricity. Poor choices.

    Dee Wednesday, 20 January 2016 08:10 AM

    Get a life and search what a smart metering system does.

    patriot Tuesday, 19 January 2016 07:41 PM

    Excellent news, Mr. Minister, we will die without the electricity.

    Nalin Tuesday, 19 January 2016 10:06 PM

    before replacing meters. Try electrify the poor villages who still dont have electricity. quick bucks from the deal. Well done minister.

    Nuwan Tuesday, 19 January 2016 10:06 PM

    Even in well developed countries like America still uses analog meters. Is this the burning issue that we have right now?

    Eng.M.V.R.Perera Wednesday, 20 January 2016 02:52 PM

    Lower the cost of electricity first we are paying one of the highest priced electricity in the world twice the price in USA 3 times the price in Malaysia. I do not think your decision would be accepted by Rani How can such meters save electricity please explain the theory

    Eng.M.V.R.Perera Wednesday, 20 January 2016 02:52 PM

    Lower the cost of electricity first we are paying one of the highest priced electricity in the world twice the price in USA 3 times the price in Malaysia. I do not think your decision would be accepted by Rani How can such meters save electricity please explain the theory

    john james Wednesday, 20 January 2016 02:22 AM

    Mr Minster,could you first make sure that you provide the power that we pay for first, without power cuts?

    Sonali Wednesday, 20 January 2016 03:03 AM

    Never heard of an electricity meter that can "save electricity and will help consumers to minimise their cost and better manage their power expenses". Another fat commission coming someones way?


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