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BRPL launches project to reduce power theft in the Capital

BRPL launches project to reduce power theft in the Capital
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First Published: Mon, Sep 17 2007. 05 13 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Sep 17 2007. 05 13 PM IST
New Delhi: BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd, the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group company which distributes power in the western and southern parts of the Capital, has launched an ambitious pilot project to significantly reduce power theft (AT&C losses) in five areas of South Delhi. Project Parivartan, launched at an expected cost of Rs8 crore, aims to reduce pilferage to 16-75% in five high-theft prone areas of Madanpur Khadar, Begumpur, Munirka village, Gautam Nagar and Madandir. At present, AT&C losses in these areas range from 52% to 100%.
As part of the project, BSES will replace uninsulated low-tension mains and conductors with insulated Aerial Bunched cables and LT AB Conductors that will make it difficult to tap overhead wires, the easiest way of stealing electricity. Simultaneously, the BSES enforcement team will launch raids to book offenders, while the company will also try to bring new customers by issuing new connections in the area.
“The project will not only help in reducing power theft from the existing high levels but also get thousand’s of additional customers in the billing net”, said Ajay Dhagat, CEO, BRPL in a press release. Additionally, the project will also streamline the overhead distribution network by giving it an aesthetic look, he said.
At the end of the exercise, BSES officials hope to add 18.5 lakh units of billed power from the areas per year, which will increase the revenue of the company by nearly Rs74 lakh, at an average billing rate of Rs4 per unit.
The pilot project, if successful, will be implemented in other high-theft prone areas, said the company.
AT&C losses in Delhi, at nearly 25%, is still one of the highest in the country.
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First Published: Mon, Sep 17 2007. 05 13 PM IST