Digital meters will be replaced by smart meters, Tamil Nadu electricity minister says

All the digital meters in Tamil Nadu will be replaced by smart meters as they would help reduce the losses suffered by Tangedco due to the difference in the produced and distributed electricity, said minister for electricity V Senthil Balaji on Friday.

The minister conducted a review meeting with the officials of the southern districts, in the presence of minister for commercial taxes P Moorthy, Madurai district collector Dr S Aneesh Sekhar and others.

Line loss — the discrepancy in the produced electricity and distributed and consumed electricity — was resulting in the losses and this would be rectified through smart meters, he said.

On being asked about former electricity minister P Thangamani’s remark that what the government was claiming to be losses due to corruption was because the previous AIADMK government had not increased the electricity charge, he said it was stated in the CAG report and not a allegation by the DMK. It was the CAG report that indicated losses in the 2G scam and the media hyped it, he said.

“Thangamani and former chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami should tell us where the Rs 4.5 lakh crore allocated for the development of the electricity sector under their Vision 2023 went,” he said.

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