Bodh Gaya: The Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) on Friday pitched for power transmission through smart card grid to regulate supply to the consumers and prevent theft of the commodity.

The electricity transmission through the smart card grid should be considered by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) and other stake holders so as to regulate consumption of the commodity and prevent its theft, BERC Chairman U.N. Panjiar said at the three-day 28th meeting of the Forum of Regulators (FOR) at Bodh Gaya.

The electricity supply through smart card grid should be given due consideration as the mechanism is bound to improve utilization of the commodity and prevent its pilferage and theft under the present transmission system, Panjiar said.

He also rued the fact that Bihar has been receiving inadequate electricity from its central quota so much so that the state was able to meet only 40 percent demand for consumption of the commodity.

The state government was working hard to meet domestic demand for electricity by purchasing it from power producers and distributors, but the gap between demand and supply continued to be a problem, the BERC Chairman said.

Efforts were being made to generate power from renewable sources like solar and biogas to meet growing demand of electricity in Bihar, Panjiar said.