In India, the Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited (MSPDCL) partnered with Delhi-based Paytm to improve its prepaid electricity recharge services.The partnership allows customers of MSPDCL to recharge their prepaid electricity meters online using the Paytm app.
The decision by MSPDCL to partner with Paytm falls under efforts to provide its customers with a secure digital platform to pay their bills.
Utilities including BSES Rajdhani, TPDDL, CESC, UPPCL, SNDL, Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam and BESCOM Limited also partnered with Paytm to enhance their prepaid billing services.
Commenting on the partnership, Sonia Dhawan, deputy general manager, Paytm said: “Our aim is to revolutionise bill payments and we are confident subscribers across Manipur will find our service convenient and useful. The recent surge in online bill payments across India reaffirms our belief that consumers love the great experience our cashless payments offer. This is in line with our vision to make cashless payments a way of life across the country.”
The online prepaid energy payment service provider is set to expand its services to cover gas and water consumers.
Prepaid electricity meters in India
In related news, in November 2016, the Southern Power Distribution Company of Telangana (TSSPDCL) kicked off its prepaid meters pilot project.
The utility’s prepaid electric meters pilot project falls under a plan drafted by the Indian state government of Telangana to improve energy management, energy billing and ensure grid reliability.
The project aims to test the ability of prepaid meters to help consumers practice sustainable energy usage. The utility firm expects the prepaid electricity meters to optimise TSSPDCL’s revenue collection through accuracy in power billing and quick identification of meter tampering.
Under the pilot project, TSSPDCL installed 100 prepaid electric meters at government schools and offices. [Indian utility partners to simplify bill payments]
The results of the pilot will help the state government in deciding whether to proceed with mass deployment of prepaid electric meters.
The full-scale rollout of the prepaid meters will be done in phases. During the first phase, TSSPDCL will introduce the system to some 60,000 government facilities.
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