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HindustanTimes Mon,22 Sep 2014

UT gets Centre’s nod for power reforms

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh , August 20, 2014
First Published: 10:22 IST(20/8/2014) | Last Updated: 10:25 IST(20/8/2014)

The union power ministry has given a nod to Chandigarh PFC for implementation of the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP) in collaboration with Haryana.

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R-APDRP aims at improving the financial viability of the department, reduction in transmission and distribution (T&D) losses, reliability, quality and availability of power supply.

Confirming the development, UT superintending engineer MP Singh said they had received an approval for implementing the project along with Haryana.

Four years ago, the administration had initiated the process with Punjab government, but failed to implement it as the company responsible for executing the projected defaulted.

In 2010, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Power Finance Corporation (PFC), the administration had appointed an IT consultant for execution of the project, but the work could not be initiated as the allotment was put on hold on technical grounds.

The project was divided into two parts. The first part covered compilation of baseline data and IT application for energy accounting, auditing and consumer services, automatic data logging and meter reading and feeder segregation.

The second part of the project included renovation, modernisation and strengthening of 11-KV level sub-stations, transformers and centres; re-conducting of lines at 11-KV level and below, load bifurcation and load balancing, installation of capacitor banks and mobile service centres and strengthening of 66 KV sub-stations.

For execution of projects under the first phase, the union government had agreed for 100% funding through loan, which will be converted into grant once the establishment of the required system is completed within three years from the date of sanctioning and it is verified by an independent agency.

The administration has been struggling to cut its T&D losses, which stand at over 15%, while guidelines say it should not be over 15%.

There are nearly 2 lakh consumers falling under different categories, of which 1.75 lakh fall in the domestic category, but only about 6,000 users have declared their load. Over the years, due to non-declaration of actual load, the department is facing losses and problem of overloading of transformers.

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