Jaipur discom’s finances improve, but distribution losses still a worry
Under Mukhya Mantri Vidyut Sudhar Yojana, the Jaipur discom has taken steps for improvement in metering, strengthening of distribution network, billing and collection activities to improve the lossesjaipur Updated: Jan 30, 2018 22:04 IST
Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd, also known as Jaipur discom, has pared its losses to ₹ 428 crore in the current financial year up to December 2017 as against ₹1,714 crore during the corresponding period in last financial year.
“The improved financial performance can be attributed to implementation of ‘Mukhya Mantri Vidyut Sudhar Yojana’ in the right earnest,” said RG Gupta, the discom managing director.
Under the scheme, the discom has taken steps for improvement in metering, strengthening of distribution network, billing and collection activities to improve the losses. Feeder separation has also been carried out, thereby improving the efficiency of power distribution in rural areas and reducing power thefts.
The government aims to bring the discoms — Rajasthan has three power distribution companies, including JVVN — in profit by March 2019, said Pushpendra Singh, the state power minister.
Until September 30, 2015, cumulative losses of the three state-owned discoms stood at Rs 80,530 crore. Of this, the state government took over Rs 62,422 crore under the central government’s Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (Uday) scheme. As a result, the discoms saved about Rs 4,700 crore through the lowered interest costs, which helped them to reduce losses by 54% to Rs 5,208 crore in 2016-17.
Although the three discoms have managed to improve their performance on certain parameters of late, they are still far from achieving their operational targets set under the Uday scheme. The three discoms managed to reduce aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) losses from the level before they joined the Uday scheme in January 2016, but they are still well behind meeting the loss reduction targets set for 2017-18.
Rajasthan’s aggregate AT&C loss at the beginning of the Uday scheme was 27.5%, It has now come down to 26.2%. The loss of Ajmer discom is at 27.19%, followed by Jaipur at 26.19% and Jodhpur at 25.35%. However, under the Uday scheme, the losses should be 18.78% by the end of 2017-18.
In order to improve the efficiency, superintending engineers (SEs) have been empowered to take independent decisions. The discoms have also started 11-KV feeder-wise energy accounting under the ‘network indexing module’ and have appointed a consultant for energy audit of all subdivisions.