Govt plans to rope in private firms for power distribution

  • HT Correspondent, None, Jaipur
  • Updated: Mar 22, 2015 15:50 IST

No state can progress without electricity and the state government is committed to developing the power sector in the state, chief minister Vasundhara Raje said on Saturday.

Addressing a conclave to explore private participation in power distribution, Raje said the government is working earnestly to improve the condition of water, roads and electricity in the state.

Chairmen and managing directors of private power companies such as Adani Group, Reliance, Tata, Jindal, JSW, Torrent and CESC among others attended the conclave.

Government officials and private companies discussed the scope for private players to partner with the government in development of the sector.

Giving an overview, Raje said Rajasthan is self-sufficient in power supply. The difference between the supply and demand of power is mere 0.1%.

The chief minister further said the government has made some forward-looking policies in order to boost private investment in the power sector.

Raje exhorted officials of these companies to use their expertise to help the state government improve the power sector and create a roadmap for its development.

Chief secretary CS Rajan and government adviser on PPP (public private partnership) and investment Gajendra Haldea were also present.

Principal secretary, power, Sanjay Malhotra gave a presentation on the present state of the power set-up in the state.

“Rajasthan is moving towards becoming a power surplus state and our target is to increase our generation capacity to 17,476 megawatts in 2015-16,” Malhotra said.

He said power discoms were saddled with cumulative losses of Rs77,453 crore and even though the power transmission in the state was good its distribution losses are higher than the national average at 28% and this is a matter of concern.

The principal secretary further said projects are being undertaken in the PPP mode in the power generation and transmission sectors but the government now wants to explore private participation in power distribution too.

Essel Power chairman Subhash Chandra, Torrent Power chairman Sudhir Mehta, Adani Power managing director Rajesh Adani, Raghavraj Kanodia of India Power, director of Reliance Infra Lalit Jalan and Tata Power chief executive officer Pravir Sinha were present at the meeting.

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