GUWAHATI, June 1 - Opposing the move of the Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) to install smart digital meters, NGO Save Guwahati Build Guwahati (SGBG) today said that the authorities must desist from any move which causes inconvenience to the common people.
The NGO stated that just a few years back the APDCL replaced the old meters with the new digital meters incurring huge expenses and now suddenly there is a switchover to smart digital meters. �Instead of benefitting the common people, such steps are likely to cause more confusion and problems for the people. Rather, steps should be taken to stop power theft and reduce transmission and distribution losses,� SGBG president Krishna K Barooah and general secretary Satyen Doley said.
Questioning the hike in the quantum of security deposit, the NGO stated that once the security money is deposited at the time of a new connection, there is no logic behind increasing the rates further and troubling the common people thereby.
�There is a possibility of an unholy nexus behind the decision to introduce the new smart digital meters due to which the end users would have to pay their hard-earned money,� the SGBG office-bearers stated.