The government expects that power thefts one of the primary reasons behind high aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) losses of discoms to come under check after the implementation of the Saubhagya scheme. Power secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla said the government is trying to procure smart meters with pre-paid payment facilities under the scheme which aims to bring electricity to 4.1 crore of unconnected households by December 2018. He added that most of the spendings under the Rs 16,320-crore scheme would be earmarked for meters and last-mile connectivity. About Rs 4,000 crore is expected to be spent in the ongoing fiscal.
Bhalla added that it will take two months to award scheme implementation contracts through various discoms and a workshop on Saubhagya with state power sectretaries is scheduled in the first week of October. Read More…
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