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High transmission losses in politically sensitive areas of Haryana
The poor performance of Haryana Discoms is the direct result of very high transmission and commercial (AT&C) losses and defaulting amount in the most politically sensitive districts.

The overall AT&C losses in Haryana are in range of 29.46% but in the political sensitive areas these losses are more than 40%. The worst affected areas are rural areas where these losses exceed the limit of 50% in most of the villages.

According to official sources in case of Jind, Bhiwani, Rohtak and Kaithal circles AT&C losses are in range of 48% 44% 43% and 40 % respectively. The AT&C losses touch 70% in rural domestic feeders of these political sensitive circle. There are 15% AT&C losses on agriculture feeders.

The performance of less politically sensitive areas like Ambala, Yamuna Nagar, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Panipat, Sonepat, Faridabad and Gurgoan circles is commendable.

In urban areas the major power theft is resorted in government residential colonies, and powerful individual persons. At Rohtak courts there are only 44 power connections for advocates chambers but practically there are more than 300 advocates using power. This leads to overloading of transformers leading to frequent breakdowns. Earlier this week advocates misbehaved with power department officials who had gone to check the connections.

The same is the case of defaulting amount. Jind circle tops the list of defaulting amount with Rs. 898 crore followed by Bhiwani with defaulting amount of Rs. 533 crore. The other major defaulter circles are Hissar and Rohtak with defaulting amount of Rs. 456 crore and Rs. 397 crore respectively. In case of DHBVN the total defaulting amount is Rs 3411.93 crore and for UHBVN this amount is Rs 1568.80 crore.

Even in case of collection efficiency, Jind and Rohtak are worst circles. According to a senior official there are verbal instructions that there should be no checking for power theft, the meters should not be shifted outside consumers premises and no disconnection of meters of consumers for any defaulting amount.

Meanwhile with the demand for power shooting up in the hot and humid weather, the unscheduled power cuts and frequent back downs are back in Haryana.

The power utilities supplied a record power of 1828.2 lakh units on Thursday. The maximum power supply in last year was 1780.2 lakh units on July 4 2013. Further the maximum power demand of 8361 MW in state was recorded yesterday. Last year's maximum demand was 8114 MW on July 4. Today afternoon the power demand has touched 8370 MW an all time high record.

The power utilities claims that on an average they are supplying 23 hours supply for domestic urban consumers, 13 hours supply in rural areas and more than 8 hours supply to tubewells. In practice smaller towns bears the maximum burnt of power cuts of more than 6 hours. Even district headquarters are facing more than 4 hour cuts.

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