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KATHMANDU: Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has started sending electricity bills through SMS to customers who have installed smart electricity meters.
The authority started the service for customers of Kathmandu including Mandikhatar, Dhapasi and Gongabu which fall under the Maharajgunj distribution center.
According to the authority, customers who have single or three phase smart meters have started receiving their electricity bills through SMS. After the installation of smart meters, the power utility has stopped sending meter readers to visit customers’ homes in the concerned areas like in the previous days.
With this, customers can pay their bills either through online platform or by visiting the concerned NEA office.
Till date, the smart electricity meters have been installed in around 9,000 households. The authority has informed it will install up to 800 smart meters every day by increasing the number of workers.
NEA estimates that it will cost around Rs one billion to install the smart electricity meters. The Asian Development Bank has provided a loan for the project, according to the authority.
After the completion of the first phase of installation in areas that fall under the Ratna Park and Maharajgunj distribution centers, NEA plans to install the smart meters in other areas of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur in the second phase.
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