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Punjab to further reduce distribution losses by 3 per cent
The distribution loss reduction exercise which was abandoned by Punjab State power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) two years back is likely to start again after the model code of conduct is over. The distribution losses in Punjab have been brought down to 17 to 18 % with shifting of about 20 lakh domestic meters to outside their premises will be further brought down to 14 %.

In year 2007-08 at the initiative of PSEB Engineers a pilot project was successfully carried out departmentally in Patiala to reduce losses by introduction of low cost strategies with a payback period of less than 2 years.

PSPCL adopted the project with a loan of RS. 700 crore from Rural electrification Corporation (REC) and it was able to bring down the distribution losses from 25% to 18 % after shifting of one third ( about 20 lakh ) of total 60 lakh consumers.

In the areas where domestic meters were shifted outside their premises on poles or in pillar boxes the system reliability index has been improved to 99.75%. The damage rate of distribution transformers, which was between 10 to 15 per cent, has also been reduced significantly.

Now with another loan of Rs. 1000 crore from REC under non-RAPDRP areas another 20 lakh consumer meters will be shifted outside their premises in next one and half years. The work has been allocated to different companies. Similarly work in RAPDRP areas has also been allocated for balance 20 lakh consumers and work will be completed in two years.

It may be mentioned that in urban areas the consumer meters were shifted outside their premises and fixed on the poles. In rural areas meters of the consumers inside the “Phirny ” of the village were installed in pillar boxes and meters outside to “Phirni” were installed on poles. Bare LT main/sub main was almost eliminated. Low tension distribution system has been completely re-laid. Decades old worn out conductors have been replaced.

Bhupinder Singh Secretary General NIPEF who has been associated with the work since inception said that the improved LT system helped in minimizing interruptions in power supply, timely restoration of supply improved voltage at tail- end, eliminate the problem of overloading of the system, possibility of accidents and reduced damage rate of transformers. Utility gained by less demand on same feeder, more revenue, bringing down transmission losses and controlling power theft.

V K Gupta Finance Secretary NIPEF said that Punjab model of reduction of distribution losses departmentally must be introduced throughout the country and Government should also provide benefits of financial restructuring plan (FRP) to those states where the AT&C losses has been reduced under public sector ownership without any condition.

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