Consumers of Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB) in Rangpur can now pay their bills online, thanks to a new service launched by Robi yesterday.

Rangpur, Dinajpur, Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha, Thakurgaon, Panchagarh, Kurigram and Nilphamari districts fall under PDB's Rangpur division operations.

Robi has already started online collection of PDB's electricity bills for March in the Rangpur region through integration of the telecom operator's mobile payment system for utility bills along with PDB's billing system.

Consumers can pay their electricity bills either at Robi Cash Points or through their mobile phones, which will then be updated to the utility company's system in real time.

Mobile users will get automated SMS of their monthly electricity dues as well receive a reminder SMS prior to the payment deadline. They will also get an immediate confirmation after bill payment.

Robi is currently serving five of the six billing regions of PDB with its online billing system, namely Rajshahi, Comilla, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Rangpur.

Shorfuddin Ahmed Jhauntu, mayor of Rangpur City Corporation, and ATM Mahbubul Karim, additional deputy commissioner (general) in Rangpur, attended the launch.

Md Mustafizur Rahman, chief engineer of PDB in Rangpur and Shah Jalal Uddin, general manager for channel development and operations of digital services at Robi, were also present.