Two portals have been re-developed to enable consumers having bank accounts to pay bills without waiting in queue.
Till now, only Canara Bank debit card consumers had the facility to pay their electricity bills online.
The service would now benefit about 44 lakh consumers across the state, including 4 lakh in Patna.
Consumers can henceforth make their payment online using debit and credit cards of all nationalised banks and private banks such as Kotak, ICICI, HDFC, HSBC and Yes Bank.
“We are trying to make more options available for consumers for making payment of electricity bills so that they do not face any problem on this front. It would be beneficial to those families whose earning members reside outside the state or have difficulty in going to collection centres where one has to stand in long queues for hours,” North and South Bihar Power Distribution Companies Ltd managing director Sanjay Kumar Agarwal said.
To avail the facility, a consumer would have to log on to the websites of both the distribution companies — www.nbpdcl.in or www.northbiharbill.org and www.sbpdcl.in or www.bills.sbpdcl.in, Agarwal said, adding that a consumer would have to click the view/pay your bill tab to proceed further for payment. The facility will be extended to VISA debit cardholders of 44 banks and MasterCard debit cardholders of 50 banks and SBI Maestro debit cardholders. All VISA and MasterCard credit cards are accepted for online electricity bill payment, Agarwal added.
Since bank portals have been integrated with billing servers of distribution companies, the money deposited by consumers would be credited immediately to the company’s account in real time, he said, adding that it would leave no chance of bills being sent as arrears with the next month’s despatch.
Stating that a consumer can view his/her online money receipt after making the payment, Agarwal said they would also get reference and receipt numbers after making online payment which can be saved by consumers for future references.
The consumers, first of all, will have to register their mobile numbers and email IDs on the power distribution companies’ sites while paying the bills, Agarwal said. The consumer would get confirmation of bill payment through SMS and email.
At least Rs 5 crore has been deposited by around 25,000 consumers during the trial run, on for the last 15 days, Agarwal said.
Consumers have welcomed the move. “This is really a very good news. We will not have to make the rounds of electricity offices to pay electricity bills. This could be termed a Christmas and New Year gift to consumers,” said Rohit Kumar, a resident of Kankerbagh.
Ravindra Kumar Singh, an advocate and a resident of Rajeev Nagar, said: “The move would save a lot of time and energy as we, at present, have to stand in queue for hours to pay the bills. This step is handy as it would be easier to pay the bills through the Internet.”
You can pay power bills
online if you have
linked to your bank
VISA, MasterCard and Maestro debit cards
credit cards issued
by any bank