CHENNAI: Now, you can pay your electricity bill by swiping debit or credit cards as Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation ( TANGEDCO) has introduced Point of Sales (PoS) machines in select offices.
The PoS machines were introduced on Tuesday as a pilot project in the section offices of Mylapore division and distribution office of Chennai Central. It will later be introduced in all other section offices in a phased manner, according to Electricity Minister P Thangamani.
He urged consumers to make use of the cashless facility for the transaction at the collection counters.
Usually, banks and card processing networks charge swipe fees when consumers use the cards. The present bank transaction charge is 0.75 percent for debit and 1.25 percent for a credit card. But the PoS will not levy any service charges on consumers, the minister said.
Earlier, the minister signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Arun Bhagat, chief operating officer of GMR, Krishnagiri Special Economic Zone, to ensure SEZ gets uninterrupted power supply. The uninterrupted power supply to the SEZ being set up in 600 acres will help woo industries, said Bhagat.
The minister said the MoU was signed to encourage industrial growth under the Ease of Doing Business in Tamil Nadu. GMR has already gifted 15 acres of patta land to establish 230KV substation at Udanapalli, he said.