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Govt may widen plan to cut power losses

The 12th Plan document shows distribution losses remain in the range of 13-77% at the end of 2010-11, with only Himachal Pradesh reporting aggregate technical and commercial losses below 15%. Transmission and distribution losses are less than 20% in only seven states. Photo: Hindustan Times (Hindustan Times)Premium
The 12th Plan document shows distribution losses remain in the range of 13-77% at the end of 2010-11, with only Himachal Pradesh reporting aggregate technical and commercial losses below 15%. Transmission and distribution losses are less than 20% in only seven states. Photo: Hindustan Times
(Hindustan Times)

Govt proposes to make smaller towns eligible for a central scheme that seeks to cut distribution losses

New Delhi: The ministry of power proposes to make smaller towns eligible for a central scheme that seeks to cut transmission and distribution losses in the 12th Plan period (2012-17), according to senior Planning Commission officials.

The Restructured Accelerated Power Development Reforms Programme (R-APDRP), which aims to use information technology to reduce transmission and distribution losses, will be extended to towns with a population of more than 15,000. The eligibility criteria will be further lowered to 5,000 for special category states such as Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and the north-eastern states, said a Planning Commission official, on condition of anonymity.

Under existing norms, central financing is provided to towns and cities with a population of more than 30,000. For special category states, it is 10,000.

“Losses are not necessarily related to the size of a town," said Partha Mukhopadhyay, a senior research fellow at Delhi-based think tank Centre for Policy Research. B.K. Chaturvedi, member in charge of energy at the Planning Commission, said the proposal will have to be cleared by the expenditure finance committee. “It is not correct to say that nothing has moved on the efficiency front," Chaturvedi said. “However, there is a need to improve it."

The power ministry has submitted a 64,559 crore proposal that was appraised by the expenditure finance panel in November. The proposal aims to extend assistance to private distribution companies, lower the population eligibility criteria and include computerization of key activities.

“The key gap that remains to be addressed is that hardly any state electricity regulatory commissions have been monitoring and accounting for implementation of the scheme," said Shantanu Dixit, member of the energy group at Pune-based non-profit Prayas. A scheme for reducing wastage of electricity in transmission and distribution by putting in automated systems for tracking energy consumption, among other things, was first launched in 2002-03. However, the first APDRP could not cut these losses to 15% as targeted.

The 12th Plan document shows distribution losses remain in the range of 13-77% at the end of 2010-11, with only Himachal Pradesh reporting aggregate technical and commercial losses below 15%. Transmission and distribution losses are less than 20% in only seven states.

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