Pre-paid electricity meter to be introduced to consumers

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Ravi Karunanayake, Minister for Power, Energy and Business Development says steps will be taken to introduce a pre-paid electricity meter to the electricity consumers.

He made this observation addressing the media following the discussions with the Asgiri Maha Nayaka Thera on an official visit to Kandy recently.

Speaking further, Minister Karunanayake said as Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) marks the 50th anniversary, it will take measures giving priority to the consumer.

“The Ceylon Electricity Board, which had been a monopoly for a long time, has now begun to give priority to the customer. Accordingly, the CEB has been able to launch a series of new initiatives such as setting up a new electricity billing system, providing new home electricity connections within a week and providing immediate solutions to consumer problems.

“We are also in the process of introducing a prepaid electric meter to replace the existing domestic electricity meters. The new meter project is expected to be launched by the end of September,” the Minister said.

Sri Lanka�s telecommunications firm Dialog Axiata, Lanka Electricity Company (LECO), and the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy earlier this year launched a program to introduce a smart meter, that can maintain a prepaid wallet to facilitate prepaid electricity metering.

Prepaid electricity metering is expected to benefit low-income communities.

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