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Target set to bring down T&D losses to 30% by March, 2017

Bhubaneswar, Dec 8: The State Government has set a target to bring down the aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) loss of four power distribution companies (discoms) to 30 percent by March, 2017.

Decision to this effect was taken at the review meeting on performance of the discoms headed by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi at the State Secretariat here on Thursday.

It was revealed in the meeting that AT&C loss could be reduced to 38 percent by 2014-15 through various reform measures. This loss was further reduced to 36 percent in 2015-16. Hence, the Government has set the target of bringing down this loss to 30 percent by end of 2016-17 against the current 34 percent.

Available figure show that Nesco has reduced 3.33% AT&C loss during the year 2015-16 with overall loss of around 30%. Similarly, Wesco has reduced AT & C loss to the tune of 4.44% during the same year and has limited overall loss to 37.89% during the year. The Southco has been able to reduce this loss by 4% during the period with overall loss of 43.92% and Cesu has reduced AT&C loss by 3.5% thereby keeping its overall loss around 37% during 2015-16. Bibhu Prasad Mohapatra Head, Distribution Management Unit along with senior officers from the department of Energy and representatives from discoms participated in the review.

Principal Secretary (Energy) Rajesh Kumar Verma outlined the issues and Gridco CMD Hemant Kumar Sharma presented the updates for discussion.

Taking stock of the performance of the companies of the last three years Padhi directed them to augments their efforts for achieving the AT&C reduction target set by Government by March, 2017. The discoms were also asked to first track replacement of the defective meters and tauten the enforcement activities through squad checks and disconnection for bringing down the theft and bypassing etc. They were also advised to improve their cash balance situation by enhancing collection efficiency.

The issues relating to 100 percent billing, collection and raising satisfaction level of the consumers through quality power supply and timely delivery of services etc were discussed in the meeting. 

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