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Dhaka Thursday,  Apr 18, 2024

Government Lets Private Sector To Produce Pre-Paid Meter

Mohiuddin Miah

Government plans to permit the private sector for producing and marketing pre-paid meter.  In this connection Power cell (a sister wing of Power Development Board) will float a tender very soon. Power Development Board (PDB) will arrange a 30-day training program for the five distribution companie aiming to make expertise.

Managing Director of power Cell Muhammad Hossain told the Daily Observer on Wednesday that “Aiming to develop the pre-paid producing market locally we have taken the decision on August. Now some companies which are producing the digital meter.”He said, we will sit with the potential bidders who will produce the meters.

The government had launched the pre-paid installing meter project aimed at reducing electricity theft at the consumers’ end and putting an end to bill default.

In order to facilitate continuous supply of pre-paid meter in future, DESCO has set up a “Pre-paid meters Production Unit” with the technical assistance of IICT, BUET at Mirpur.

Pre-paid meter installation on 2015

Name of companies July August September October
PDB ——- 270 ——– 09
REB ——— ——– ——– ———
DPDC 2,185 1,720 14 88
DESCO 37 37 70 40
WZPDCO 379 337 35 15
Total 2,601 2364 119 108

 

A power board official said, in the past six months, we have requested many potential sources for financing the project, but none of them has responded positively. He added, now we are trying to convince Bangladesh Bank to lend $500 million from its reserve to PDB at low interest to procure and install 3.9 million prepaid meters.

In First phase 5000 single phase meters are supplied by BUET from their production house. In the second phase, another single phase 5000 meter and 1000 three phase meter are produce in DESCO’s own production house.

In June of 2001, a BUET project on prepayment scheme was awarded first prize in a worldwide design competition organized by IAS (International Application Society) of IEEE(Institute of Electrical & Electronic engineers) held in Chicago, US.

 

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