The Steering Committee for Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R - APDRP)of the Union Ministry of Power has approved modernization of power distribution projects worth Rs 80 crore for 20 towns in Haryana.
Anurag Agarwal, Managing Director, Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam said in a release here today that Haryana was first
State to get approved 20 projects of strengthening power distribution system under this prestigious programme of the Central Government.
The 20 towns include 16 of the area of DHBVN viz. Hisar, Barwala, Fatehabad, Hansi, Tohana, Sirsa, Dabwali, Ellenabad, Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri, Narnaul, Rewari, Faridabad, Palwal, Hodal and Gurgaon and four towns of the area of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam.
The projects for rest all the towns to be covered under the R-APDRP are likely to be approved in the next meeting of the Steering Committee to be held on February 20. Agarwal said that the DHBVN was the first power distribution utility in India to get approved its Power Development and Reform Projects for all the 16 towns which are covered by the R-APDRP.
First two Projects approved by the Steering Committee under the R-APDRP in the first week of February, for towns of Hisar and Ellenabad, were also of the DHBVN, he said.
While presenting the projects before the steering committee he was assisted by Randeep Singh and Rajnish Garg, Deputy General Managers, DHBVN.
Earlier, the projects were cleared by the Distribution Reforms Committee (DRC), Haryana in a meeting, chaired by the Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary (Power), Haryana,
Ashok Lavasa. The implementation of the projects and the expenditure were discussed in detail in that meeting. Lavasa is a member of the Steering Committee also which is constituted by the Ministry of Power, Government of India for approval of projects submitted by the power distribution utilities.
Giving further details, Agarwal said that under this project,the activity of consumer indexing, geographic information system(GIS), metering of distribution transformers and feeders would be taken.
The project would also include asset mapping of entire distribution network comprising of 11 KV transformers, distribution transformers, feeders, low tension lines, poles and other distribution network equipment of these towns. Under the project, IT applications would be adopted for different activities of energy accounting/ auditing, etc. Establishment of IT based consumer service centres and consumer grievance system would be the major feature of the project.
He said that the projects were submitted under part A of the R-APDRP and are to be completed within a period of three years.
With the completion of the project in time; the full amount provided by the Central Government would be converted into grant.