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Haryana Discoms need to adopt Patiala model to reduce power losses
All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) has suggested replicating Patiala model in Haryana's Discoms for reduction of AT&C losses. Also the regulator in Haryana, which is not an independent body, seems to be weak, owing to its political and bureaucratic control.

AIPEF, IN its executive meeting opposed the feeder wise franchisee as proposed by Haryana Discoms, as it is a way to privatize the power sector of state. V K Gupta, a spokesperson of AIPEF said today that instead of giving feeder wise franchisee system to local Dabangs, the line losses can be reduced drastically if the Government has will power and support the engineers.

The main reason for higher AT&C losses is theft of power by influential people with or without the help of field staff. The prevention of power theft can be started by shifting all domestic and commercial meters outside the premises.

The AT&C losses have been reduced in Punjab, Eastern Andhra and urban Karnataka by the power sector engineers and their expertise and suggestions should be followed in Haryana to achieve reduction in line losses. Franchisee or privatization is no answer for reducing the losses.

In Patiala circle where AT&C losses were not in higher bracket but were in range of 25 %, PSEB engineers have been able to reduce AT&C losses to 14 %. In this case Punjab Government and Power Utility management lent full support to PSEB Engineers.

This pilot project has incurred an expenditure of Rs 16 crore and 233 lakh units of energy have been saved. The expected AT&C losses by the end of next financial year are likely to be 12 %. The system reliability index has been improved to 99.75%. The damage rate of distribution transformers has been reduced to practically nil. Harassed customers have benefited the most from the single window working.

The reasons for the present situation in the power industry in Haryana are non-payment of full subsidies, high distribution losses and high cost of power purchased. Though Haryana made sufficient capacity addition but failure of Chinese units led to largescale costly power purchase.

Even the regulator seems to be weak which is politically and bureaucratically controlled. The regulator seems not to be an independent body but being regulated by government.

AIPEF demands that Haryana Government should seek views of power sector experts to improve the power sector of state.

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