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PCL told to appoint franchisees in villages

UNION POWER Secretary RV Shahi today asked the UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) to appoint franchisees in 500 villages by April 30 and in all electrified villages by July end. He stressed the need for reducing Aggregate Technical and Commercial (ATC) losses and add to the power generation capacity. He was reviewing the Accelerated Power Development and Reform Programme (APDR) and the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Programme (RGREP).

india Updated: Mar 19, 2006 01:17 IST

UNION POWER Secretary RV Shahi today asked the UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) to appoint franchisees in 500 villages by April 30 and in all electrified villages by July end. He stressed the need for reducing Aggregate Technical and Commercial (ATC) losses and add to the power generation capacity.

He was reviewing the Accelerated Power Development and Reform Programme (APDR) and the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Programme (RGREP). Among those present at the meeting were Principal Secretary (Energy) and UPPCL chairman AK Khurana, MD Avnish Awasthi, and MDs of all the four Discoms besides many other senior power officials.

A technocrat by profession, Shahi severely grilled and pulled up the UPPCL bosses for slow progress of work under the centrally funded schemes, the APDRP and the RGREP. He said the Electricity Act 2003 provided for appointment of franchisees for supply of electricity and collection of bills in villages. But progress in UP, in this regard was not satisfactory, he said.

He asked the officials to take steps to appoint franchisees in 500 villages by April 30 and in all electrified villages by July end.

He showed dissatisfaction with the work of around half-a-dozen contractors who have been given the task of electrifying villages. He said the contractors like Vijay Electricals, VN Engineering and KEC were very sluggish in doing the work and advised the officials to revise their targets.

He was especially upset with the poor progress under the APDRP, a project that aims at upgrading power distribution system in cities, and posed many questions to the officials who failed to give any satisfactory reply. When Shahi asked the officials to name any four cities where they had been able to reduce ATC losses following implementation of the APDRP there, they were blank.

The Power Secretary asked them to select any 20 cities and classify them into three categories as per ATC losses to be reduced there during the next few months. He laid emphasis on installing meters at distribution transformers. Shahi also asked officials if they had prepared an action plan to meet the additional power demand to be caused by electrification of all villages by 2009, coupled with the natural growth.