Soura residents stage protest against installation of smart meters

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Residents of Awanta Bhawan Soura on Saturday protested against the installation of smart meters by the Power Development Department (PDD).

Protestors demanded that the installation of smart meters should be stopped and those installed should be removed.

Protesters warned that if the government didn’t withdraw its decision, every resident of the area would come on the road to protest against the decision.

The protesters said, “We hardly earn Rs 200 to 250 per day, how can we afford hefty electricity bills?”

“Only lower middle class reside in this area. The government must rethink before putting one more burden on us,” they said.

The protesters said their families were not in a position to pay the “excessive bills” generated by the devices, so would not allow the department to install the smart meters in their area.

“We already have meters installed in our homes and we are paying regular bills. What is the fun of installing new meters?” a protestor asked.

“Owing to the skyrocketing prices of essentials, our family budget is already stressed and we won’t be able to meet the additional expenses,” said another lady.

“Unemployment is at its peak, we have to pay water fee, electricity fee, now property tax and other fees, how can we afford all this,” she said.

The protesters, mainly women, appealed to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to remove the newly installed smart electric meters in the area as the locality cannot afford the high tariff. (KS)

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