Power me­ter read­ing goes hi-tech in Yan­gon

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Front Page - NEWS 2

The Yan­gon Elec­tric Sup­ply Cor­po­ra­tion will soon be mon­i­tor­ing elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion from the me­ters of res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial cus­tomers di­rectly through its con­trol cen­tre.

THE Yan­gon Elec­tric Sup­ply Cor­po­ra­tion (YESC) would soon be read­ing the elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion from the me­ters of its res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial cus­tomers di­rectly through its con­trol cen­tre.

Re­gional Min­is­ter for Elec­tric­ity, In­dus­try, Trans­port and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Daw Ni­lar Kyaw told the Yan­gon par­lia­ment on Tues­day that the move is to im­prove me­tre read­ing sys­tem for elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion to avoid mis­un­der­stand­ing be­tween its staff and cus­tomers.

‘’We are try­ing to sys­tem­a­tise the me­ter read­ing in or­der to pre­vent prob­lems be­tween the users and staff,” she said. “We are chang­ing to OMR (off-site me­ter read­ing) dig­i­tal me­ters that can read the me­ter units from 100 feet away from the house.”

The YESC is cur­rently im­ple­ment­ing a pilot project for di­rect me­tre read­ing from its con­trol cen­tre in Daw­bon town­ship, the min­is­ter said.

She added that of the over one mil­lion elec­tric­ity me­ters cur­rently in­stalled in Yan­gon, 500,000 of these have been re­placed with OMR dig­i­tal me­ters, which can also be even­tu­ally read from the con­trol cen­tre. Users can also read the me­ters them­selves, the min­is­ter added.

Daw Ni­lar Kyaw said some staff com­plained that when they went to houses or busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments to read the elec­tric­ity me­tres, no­body would be around so they just ap­prox­i­mate the con­sump­tion based on the pre­vi­ous read­ings.

The move to im­prove the elec­tric­ity me­ters came amid wide­spread com­plaints from con­sumers and au­thor­i­ties that the staff tasked to job were do­ing it er­ro­neously, caus­ing mis­un­der­stand­ings and prob­lems.

Some staff do not ac­tu­ally read the elec­tric­ity me­tres and they would just guess the con­sump­tion of a par­tic­u­lar house­hold and col­lect the bill, ac­cord­ing to MP U Thar Aung of In­sein town­ship.

“For ex­am­ple, for a house­hold which was al­ways used 200 units ev­ery month, the staff would read only 80 units for first month and read 320 units in next month. “The to­tal units is 400 and it is cor­rect,” he said. “But on the con­sumer’s side, it is not equal with the money and units.”

The do­mes­tic rates of elec­tric­ity in Yan­gon are : K35 for usage from 1 to 100 units; K40 from 101 to 200 units; and K50 for over 200 units.

For in­dus­trial zone and busi­ness use, the rates are K75 for con­sump­tion from 1 to 500 units; K100 from 501 to 10,000 units; K125 for 10,000 to 50,000 units; and K150 for 50,000 up to 200,000 units.

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