Covid-induced lockdown across the country for over two months have significantly enhanced power distribution companies’ contribution towards PM Modi’s Digital India initiative. Tata Power Delhi Distribution (TPDDL) along with BSES discoms – BSES Rajdhani and BSES Yamuna have seeing significant jump in digital payments of electricity bills by customers. While TPDDL, which has around 70 lakh consumers in the north and northwest Delhi, received more than 90 per cent bill payments digitally during the lockdown, BSES also got 90 per cent payments through digital mode, spokespersons of two companies told PTI. Before the lockdown period, TPDDL had only 65 per cent consumers paying bill digitally, the spokesperson said.
For BSES, the digital payment increased from around 72 per cent before Covid and the lockdown. As a result, the share of payments via cheques and demand drafts went down from around 22 per cent to around 10 per cent, according to the spokesperson of the company.