GOI to set up Smart Me­ter Task Force

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Mr. Sam Pitroda, Ad­vi­sor to the Prime Min­is­ter, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia and Chair­man, In­dian Smart Grid Task Force, re­vealed at the in­au­gu­ral ses­sion of Grid­week Asia 2012 that the gov­ern­ment is plan­ning to set up ‘Smart Me­ter Task Force’ that will look into mod­ern­iz­ing prim­i­tive ways of cal­cu­lat­ing power us­age. “It is amaz­ing to see how In­dia, which is a su­per power in in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, lags ter­ri­bly in the power sec­tor. It is re­ally an­noy­ing to see our prim­i­tive ways of pro­vid­ing power – be it evac­u­a­tion, grids, me­ters or even the way we man­u­ally cal­cu­late power con­sump­tion till date. All this has to change and it will change, for this decade has been de­clared by the gov­ern­ment as the ‘Decade of In­no­va­tion’,” said Mr. Pitroda. Ac­cord­ing to him, the gov­ern­ment has set up US $ 1 bil­lion ven­ture fund to foster ‘in­no­va­tion’ across sec­tors and states.

“We have set up a Na­tional In­no­va­tion Cen­ter that will over­see state in­no­va­tion cen­ters and 100 sec­toral in­no­va­tion houses. All these ef­forts beau­ti­fully tie-up into the Smart Grids. To­day, I per­son­ally think that power is our big­gest bot­tle­neck for 8 per­cent GDP growth. It is a larger chal­lenge that many of us don’t re­al­ize con­sid­er­ing that power has to reach to the bot­tom of the pyra­mid and that too cheap power. Only Smart Grids – that too In­dia spe­cific model of Smart Grids – can solve our prob­lems. The western model is not scal­able, af­ford­able and work­able,” he added.

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