Delhi power discoms have reduced losses dramatically
This refers to Atul Sehgal's article Don't make light of it (February 13).
The author's observation that "what Reliance and Tata Joint ventures have achieved in over 10 years is a reduction in power losses from 37% to 27%" is factually incorrect. Therefore, his view on the success - or failure - of the Delhi public-private model of electricity distribution is also unjustifiable. The fact is that Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL, formerly NDPL) has reduced aggregate technical and commercial losses in its licensed area of north and northwest Delhi from 53% in 2002 (at the time of take over) to around 13% today, which means more than 75% loss reduction in the opening loss levels (40% loss reduction in absolute terms). Both, the quantum and the pace of loss reduction are unparalleled and this has been recognised by the government as well as various national and international agencies. For Delhi as a whole, the three privatised discoms - TPDDL, BSES Rajdhani and BSES Yamuna - have reduced the AT&C losses from opening loss levels of around 55% in 2002 to around 17% presently. If we take technical losses to be at around 10%, the reduction in pilferage and commercial losses will be 45% at the time of take-over to 7% now.
Ajey Maharaj, Head of Group - Corporate Communications, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited, via email
A little push can do wonders
The report FM plans bigger tax relief for home-loan borrowers (February 13) is good news for borrowers. Such decisions will encourage people to purchase their own homes and will also have a positive impact on the core sectors of the economy.
Neha Chandiok, Delhi