Mon, Aug 26, 2019 9:09

Consumers demand suspension of prepaid power meter installation



They claim the system is unfair

Power consumers under Dhaka Power Distribution Company Limited (DPDC) have demanded the authorities concerned suspend the installation of prepaid meters saying the system is unfair.

Addressing a press conference at the National Press Club in Dhaka, leaders of Pre-paid Meter Connection Resisting Committee (PMCRC) alleged the operation of prepaid meters is unfair and non-transparent as the DPDC has been siphoning off huge amount money without showing any proper reasons.

“We are fed up with the prepaid meters as there is no transparency in its operation by the DPDC,” Baharane Sultan Baharan, joint secretary-general of the PMCRC, told reporters on Sunday.

PMCRC President Haji Md Shahjahan, Secretary-General Mohammad Yeasmin and other leaders also spoke on the occasion.

They said the DPDC has been deducting Tk40 per month as prepaid meter rent but it is not clear how long they will continue to deduct money.

It is not clear how much electricity a consumer will be able to consume once he or she recharges Tk1,000, they said.

They also alleged that in the case of getting an emergency balance of Tk200, the DPDC has been charging Tk50 as interest.

The leaders claimed that the DPDC has also been charging Tk200 against master meter per month which is also unfair as the consumers bought meters themselves.

The PMCRC leaders said they will move court to file a writ against the operation of prepaid meters if the DPDC does not stop its installation.

They said the DPDC top officials were apprised of the issues during their public hearing.

“But they have failed to resolve the problems,” Haji Md Shahjahan said.

He mentioned that the power consumers in different districts, including Narayanganj, Munshiganj, Gazipur, Sunamganj and Khulna, have already held rallies to protest the "unfair and non-transparent" system of prepaid meters.