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MGVCL halts smart meter rollout amid public backlash

Updated: May 19th, 2024

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The ongoing ‘smart meter’ stir in Vadodara has prompted Madhya Gujarat Vij Corporation Limited (MGVCL) to pause the installation of smart meters.

After almost a week of protests and uproar from the residents of Vadodara over ‘overcharging smart meters’, an MGVCL official said that now government offices will be given priority to install smart meters over residential areas.

“MGVCL officials will visit the residential societies, learn about the concerns of citizens, and install the meters only after clearing all the doubts,” the official added.

PGVCL to begin installation

Prepaid smart meters will be installed in 56 lakh places in two phases across Saurashtra-Kutch, including Rajkot.

In a press conference organised by the Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Limited (PGVCL) on May 18, the chief engineer (project) informed that the misunderstanding among the consumers regarding prepaid smart meters is due to arrears in old bills. He informed that prepaid smart meters are being installed in many areas, including Rajkot, Jamnagar, Gir Somnath, and Surendranagar.

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