Tangedco, the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation, is preparing to roll out smart meters for domestic consumers across the state. This Central government-funded project will be implemented in three phases, following the successful trial in T. Nagar under the Chennai Smart City Limited`s Area Based Development initiative.
Starting later this year and expected to conclude by March 2025, the ₹19,000-crore project aims to improve metering, billing, and collection efficiency through IT-enabled services. Approved for all low-tension consumer categories (except agriculture and hut services), a total of 1.17 crore smart meters will be installed under the Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme.
Tangedco has already initiated the procurement process, with tenders issued for two packages and contractors identified. The remaining package, covering regions like Chennai, Kancheepuram, and Tiruvallur, will open for tender shortly. The largest share of smart meters – 59 lakh single- and three-phase connections – will be deployed in Chennai South and North.
Smart meters offer advantages such as remote reading, automatic uploading of readings to Tangedco`s servers, and elimination of manual reading. Residents have voiced concerns about discrepancies in manual readings leading to inflated bills, urging expedited installations.
With the introduction of smart meters, Tangedco aims to revolutionize electricity monitoring, enhance service delivery, and ensure accurate billing for domestic consumers throughout Tamil Nadu.