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BESCOM unveils anytime payment machines

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BANGALORE, SEPT. 6. Now, apart from Bangalore Water supply and Sewerage Board's multiutility KaverEcom kiosks, you can also go to the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM)'s new anytime payment (ATP) machines to pay your electricity bills.

But will the BESCOM kiosks not be a repetition of the KaverEcom ones? The power company thinks not. According to the BESCOM Managing Director, Bharath Lal Meena, the company decided to set up its own kiosks because "not too many people use the KaverEcom machines."

On Monday, the Minister of State for Public Works and Energy, H.D. Revanna, inaugurated one such ATP machine at BESCOM's S-5 subdivision, 4th Cross, ISRO Layout. BESCOM has, in the past three months, installed 18 such machines and in the coming three months, plans to set up 22 more.

Mr. Meena said that the company did not invest any money in the venture. "CanBank Computer Services, a subsidiary of Canara Bank, is putting up these machines for us. We only have to pay per transaction," he told The Hindu . The amount could be Rs. 3 per bill processed. The ATP machine, he said, would accept cash, cheques and demand drafts. If an excess amount were charged, it would be adjusted in the consumer's bill for the coming month.

The KaverEcom machine works on the same principle. But Mr. Meena stressed that those machines were meant for payment of water, power and telephone bills included. "The ATP will be exclusively ours," he said. According to BESCOM officials, there will be one ATP for each of the 39 subdivisions in the Bangalore Urban Metropolitan Zone. The 40th ATP would come up in Chandapura on Hosur Road, the officials said. "Since we have set them up, we've had 300-500 consumers using them every day," they added.

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