State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid has expressed his resentment on Power Development Board (PDB) officials over the slow progress in installing pre-paid electricity meters in Chittagong city.
“Only one lakh out of seven meters have so far been installed in the last three years. That means it will take six years more to install the rest of the meters. By this time, 3.5 lakh more consumers will be added,” he said.
The junior minister made the comments while inaugurating four vending stations of PDB’s Agrabad office in Chittagong on Friday .
Blaming the reluctance and unwillingness of the PDB officials for the slow progress, he said they do not feel encouraged to install the meters as they think it will reduce system loss and their income too.
“Do not you [PDB officials] get paid in return for your service? I warn you that I will not tolerate the scenario anymore. I want the seven lakh meters installed by next March,” he said.
“The PM has also directed for faster implementation of the project. But, you [PDB officials] have let me down in the last three years,” regretted Nasrul Hamid.
He also vented his anger on the media only to put the PDB officials to shame for their poor performances.
According to the Bangladesh Power Development Board, the pre-paid metering project is a part of installing 2.2 million meters across the country to modernise electricity billing system, and reduce system loss, pilferage and bill arrears.