Desperate to contain the growing losses in electricity supply, the state government has succeeded in bringing down the aggregate technical and commercial losses (AT&C) by 4-5%, which has accrued a benefit to the tune of Rs 1,800 crore.
Giving credit for this achievement to the ambitious Feeder Renovation Programme, state minister for energy, Pushpendra Singh Ranawat said that the programme has brought significant results in not only bringing down the electricity losses but also ensuring quality and uninterrupted power supply to the consumers.
“We have brought down the electricity losses by 4-5% on account of the feeder renovation programme since we assumed power and this reduction has translated into a profit of Rs 1800 crore,” Ranawat claimed.
While addressing a band of engineers of discom here, Ranawat said the first phase of the programme saw renovation of 6,500 feeders out of the total 20,000 feeders across the state and this proved to be successful in obtaining the desired results.
He said that when the BJP government assumed power, it inherited an energy deficit to the tune of a whopping Rs 80,000 crore from the previous government.
“Then the government adopted the Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojna (UDAY) of the central government aimed at financial restructuring of the Discoms and set off on a mission to improve the scenario from worse to better,” said Ranawat.
“Now, we aim at achieving a break-even stage in the ongoing financial year itself by bringing the losses down further and turning the Discoms into profit making ventures”, Ranawat said.
He said that apart from this, the government has been endeavouring to provide as much electricity connections to the deprived areas as possible under Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana. He said that so far 5 lakh connections have been given and the counting is on.