The government has set an ambitious target of expanding the CGD network to cover 50 per cent of the population. A rapid increase in the number of new connections has simultaneously increased the need for greater number of field workforce, tracking transmission losses and transferring the benefits to the customers. In light of the challenges faced in door-to-door collection of meter readings and spot/self billing, smart meters have emerged as an unparalleled long-term solution to support the long-term growth of CGD sector. In this regard, greater emphasis is being laid on the deployment of smart solutions. Although several innovative smart metering solutions exist, they are marred with a no. of issues. AMR solutions offer numerous benefits to CGD operators ranging from enabling rapid deployment to providing insights through dashboard, ensuring better reconciliation between distribution points/loss tracking, guaranteeing end-to-end data security, and promoting energy conservation, among others. Dharmendra Tomar, DGM- New Ventures-IoT Business, Tata Communications made a presentation during the India Smart Grid Week 2020 which can be downloaded here.