State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Saturday said that automation in the power sector is needed to accelerate and ensure smooth customer services, reports BSS.
“Smart prepayment meters will make consumers aware and economical in their use of electricity. Easy access technology should be introduced in the power sector,” he said while speaking as the chief guest online at the inaugural function of Bangladesh Power Equipment Manufacturing Company Ltd (BPEMC) Smart Prepayment Meter Production. The state minister said that the competitive price should be ensured with maintaining quality of the prepared meter.In addition, it is also necessary to manufacture other electrical or electronic gadgets and instruments, he said. “Special care should be taken to ensure that customers get post-sale services as per their demand,” Nazrul said.
A joint venture company formed through BPEMC, Rural Power Company Ltd and Schenzen Star Instrument Com Ltd of China, will produce meters by setting up a payment smart meter assembling plant. Nasrul said some 36 lakh meters have been installed in November, 2020.
Chairman of Board of Directors of BPEMC Major General (Rtd) Moon Uddin presided over the virtual function, while Power Secretary Md Habibur Rahman, BPDB Chairman Engineer Belayet Hossain, RPCL Managing Director Engineer Md Abdus Sabur and Schenzen Star General Manager Felix Luo spoke.