Jammu, Feb 1 (Agencies): The Jammu & Kashmir government will be fixing meters for all the unmetered customers in the state by 2012-13 as a means of achieving the goal of 100 pc metering.

"The department is... committed to achieve 100 per cent metering during 2012-13, which is also mandatory for the Jammu and Kashmir Electricity Act, 2010," Power Development Department (PDD) officials told a Legislative Assembly Panel during a review meeting on the department's activities here.

It was also made known that the department has a target to fix meters for the unmetered consumers of 30 towns during the year 2010-11.

During the meeting, PDD representatives affirmed that coverage of 47 per cent of the population with electricity connections was attained by end-March, 2009. By March, 2010, 5, 91,015 consumers were metered out of 12, 39,216 in the state.

The meeting was convened by chairmanship of MLA Harsh Devi Singh, who asked PDD officers to speed up the pace of all ongoing projects taken up under various state and centrally sponsored schemes, including the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY), by ensuring judicious use of funds.

Numerous issues were discussed by the committee, including the funds sanctioned, released and utilised under various schemes for electrification during 2008-09 and 2009-10, the amount of transmission and distribution losses, illegal connections and the measures taken to overcome such losses.