Nov 21, 2011 at 11:29am IST

Discoms told to cut down AT and C losses

HYDERABAD: To provide better services to consumers and to reduce energy losses further, the state government has directed all the power distribution companies (Discoms) to bring down the 'aggregate technical and commercial' losses to below 15 percent in major towns in the state.

To achieve this target, the Discoms have been asked by the energy department to fully gear up for implementation of Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (RAPDRP) in a timebound manner.

Principal secretary (energy) Dinesh Kumar, who reviewed the progress and performance of APEPDCL on Saturday along with AP Transco chairmancummanaging director Ajay Jain, JMD (HRD Distribution) K. Ranganatham and APEPDCL's CMD Ahmad Nadeem, said the Union government had sanctioned a whopping `1,604 crore under PartA and PartB of RAPDRP to achieve the above target.

Since this project is a flagship programme of the government to provide satisfactory service to the consumers, he reiterated that the department would review the progress of RAPDRP and Discoms were directed to reach the expectations of the government.

With the investment of over Rs 1,604 crore, the state government is expected to take up construction of numerous new substations, laying of new lines, renovation of old substations and lines, replacement of old electro mechanical meters with high quality static meters, providing automatic meter reading instruments to the meters near distribution transformers (DTRs), HT services, highvalue LT services apart from establishment of data centre, disaster recovery data centre, centralised customer care centre in Discom headquarters, etc., The state government thanked the Union government for extending a huge financial assistance which paves the way for better consumer services.

Impressed with the major impact of the scheme towards on consumer satisfaction ultimately, the state has sought extension of the scheme even to towns with a population of 10,000 under PartA of RAPDRP. The Union government's criterion is a town should have a population of 30,000 to come under the scheme. The state has also urged the Centre to extend the scheme under PartB for distribution and infrastructure development to towns where AT C losses are under 15 pc.

An amount of Rs 160 crore, a part of the Rs 1,604 crore, has been sanctioned exclusively for Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA)/Distribution Management System (DMS) in six towns.