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Haryana sets target to reduce line losses of power

PTI  Chandigarh, May 08, 2014
First Published: 20:53 IST(8/5/2014) | Last Updated: 20:59 IST(8/5/2014)

The Haryana government has set atarget to reduce the total line losses of power from 27.44 per cent to 20.99 per cent during the current financial year.

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Speaking to reporters here today after attending a review meeting of power utilities, Haryana's Power Minister Ajay Singh Yadav said that line losses in domestic rural sector are 67.15 per cent whereas these are 25.23 per cent in urban sector, 15.19 per cent in agriculture sector and 4.40 per cent in industrial sector.

The state government has set a target to reduce line losses to 58.40 per cent in domestic rural sector, to 11.60 per cent in urban sector, to 8.48 per cent in agriculture sector and to 0.16 per cent in industrial sector in this fiscal, he said.

Yadav said that at present, the state government is providing 14 hours of power supply to domestic rural sectors and 22-24 hours of power supply to urban and industrial sectors.

On being asked about the methods adopted to reduce line losses, the minster said that the state government has taken strict actions to curb power theft incidents.

He said that installation of power meters outside houses of consumers has been made mandatory.

Apart from this, raids were being conducted to put a check on power theft.

"The power connections of consumers were disconnected and fine was imposed on them in case they were found involved in power theft," he added.

On being asked about Panipat thermal power plant, Yadav said that the state government has decided to shut down four units of the plant.

He also said that the state government has a plan to set up plants of 250 megawatt capacities each in place of the units which have been shut down.

When asked about availability of power in the summer season, the Power Minister said that the state government has an agreement with Adani Power which has been providing 1400 MW power to the state and there would be no shortage of power.

Replying to another question, he said that the state government has been providing power to agriculture tubewell consumers at a rate of 10 paise per unit.

He said that the state government has been providing annual subsidy of Rs. 5,500 crore to agriculture sector.

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