Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has been choosen as the 'best performing utility in power sector' by the Central Board of Irrigation and Power in a ceremony held in New Delhi on Friday.
The award was presented to PSPCL chairman cum managing director KD Chaudhari by Prof Sanwar Lal Jat, Union minister of state, ministry of water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation, in presence of Union minister Uma Bharti.
KD Chaudhri said that the PSPCL was selected on the basis of its excellent performance in wide range of areas.
"The PSPCL is having one of the lowest transmission and distribution (T&D) losses in the country. It brought down the losses from 23.92% in 2007 to 16.95% in 2014. The department's achievements are already recognised by power finance corporation by rating it second best utility in its draft rating,"he said.
Chaudhari said that Punjab was the first state to start a single helpline number (1912) for registration of power supply related complaints for consumers across the state.
"PSPCL adopted consumer-friendly multiple bill payment options such as online payment, payment through mobile applications, sewak machines etc,"he said.
He said the PSPCL had become first power utility to implement IT on its own under R-APDRP scheme and 25 towns had already been declared GO LIVE whereas all the other towns would be connected before March 31, 15.
Distribution network strengthening under R-APDRP at a cost of Rs 1447 crore is under progress and is likely to be completed before July 2015, Chaudhary added.