New Delhi: The government today said that soon it is going to introduce the revised Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme.
“APDRP Phase-II would be ready very soon,” Power Secretary Anil Razdan told reporters here.
The new Rs 50,000-crore APDRP scheme plans to bring the Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses to less than 15% by the end of 11th Five Year Plan in the urban and high population density areas.
“We should also reduce the distribution losses to 10%,” Razdan said.
According to the Power Ministry, overall AT&C losses are around 35% against about 39% in 2001-02.
The government had approved APDRP in March 2003 to accelerate distribution sector reforms.
Besides reducing AT&C losses, the scheme seeks to bring commercial viability in the power sector and reduce outages and interruptions.
Under the scheme, the government provides 50% central assistance for strengthening and upgrading sub-transmission and distribution network.
Finance Minister P Chidambaram has earmarked an annual budgetary support of Rs 800 crore under the APDRP scheme in the Union Budget 2008-09.