Shillong: The Synjuk Waheh Shnong Ri Jaintia (delegation of traditional heads) on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to Meghalaya Power Minister Prestone Tynsong, requesting to put on hold installation of smart metres till they get a clear understanding of the advantage and disadvantages of the smart metre system.

Speaking with mediapersons, Synjuk president Arminiusc Lipon said, “The smart metres have some technical defects as the smart metre/s have not met all technical parameters and their functionality is not perfect.”

Besides, Lipon said, in the rural areas, the people in the villages are illiterate, and the bill of the smart metre is expected to be sent through an SMS, which will be a big challenge.

Stating that poor people will face challenges if there is overbilling, Lipon said being an association with the objective to serve for the betterment of the society in the Jaintia Hills Districts, they wanted to expresses their grievances towards the decision made.

He added that the smart metres do not help consumer keep track of consumption and does not reduce energy cost.

“We want an awareness or a public hearing carried out to clear the doubts that are there in the minds of the people,” said Lipon.

According to the Synjuk, the power minister has assured to carry out an awareness drive and gain the people’s confidence first.

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