New Delhi: Ever wondered checking your electricity meter readings while away from home and that too with a push of mobile button? The Union Government is contemplating on transforming this dream into a reality via Smart Meters.

In a novel move, the Centre intends to introduce GSM based smart meters to assist in low power consumption and to help check power pilferage. The GSM embedded in the smart meters will help in providing the details of electricity meter readings on the mobile handsets.

If sources are to be believed, the installation of these meters will bring down the losses incurred during the power transmission and distribution by 50 percent.

A Task Force headed by Prime Minister’s Information Technology Advisor Sam Pitroda has been working on the details related to the project. The Task Force was specially constituted for improving the existing energy system by using information technology.

The Task Force constituted five working groups on Tuesday to prepare the roadmap for the better functioning of power grid system.

Each working group will prepare different proposals on new technology, checking power theft, uninterrupted supply in rural areas and losses during distribution and transmission.

“With an immediate effect, these working groups will start preparing their plans for the pilot project which will be worth Rs 600 crore,” said Pitroda. The Union Government has chalked out plans to implement the scheme within 18 months.

These smart meters will be cheaper and different from other nations. The cost of each meter will be around Rs 1,500 and the design and chip is in final phase.

According to Joint Secretary (Power) Devendra Singh, the installation of smart meters will end the concept of deploying department employees for the door to door meter reading.

JPN/Bureau