According to reports, India’s first smart grid project recommended by the Power Ministry’s India Smart Grid Task force will come up on a pilot basis in the union territory, an official release said today.
The project involves an investment of Rs 77 crore, of which Rs 25 crore would be borne by the Ministry and the balance by the State Government concerned, it said.
A Memorandum of Understanding to introduce the innovative project here signed in the presence of the Chief Minister, Mr N. Rangasamy, here today between the Department of Electricity and Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL). In Puducherry, the entire share of Rs 52 crore would be borne by PGCIL, a collaborator in the implementation of the project here. The Ministry proposed to set up such smart grid projects in eight cities across India and that Puducherry is the first to implement it on an experimental basis, the official statement said.
The main highlights of the project are installation of ‘advance metering infrastructure with a Central Data Control unit, which would help consumers and the department.