Power meter reading goes hi-tech in Yangon
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.