Dr. Avnish Jolly, Chandigarh, 10th October, 2008 :Haryana’s power distributions corporations i.e. The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) and the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) have achieved considerable reduction in aggregate transmission and commercial (AT&C) losses.
Having reduced the AT&C losses by about 12 per cent during last six years, the DHBVN and the UHBVN have managed to bring down the loss level to 25.52 per cent and 33.23 per cent respectively in 2007-08. The Nigams plan to bring down the AT&C losses to 16 per cent by the
end of current five year plan.
A spokesman of Haryana Power Utilities said today that during the financial year 2001-02, the AT&C losses in the areas of the DHBVN and the UHBVN were 39.42 per cent and 42.65 per cent respectively.
During the financial year 2007-2008, the Nigams have managed to reduce its AT&C losses from 32.38 per cent to 25.06 per cent and from 37.38 per cent to 33.23 per cent, a new high. The target for the year to bring reduction in the losses was that of six per cent which was not only achieved but exceeded.
There has been a whopping increase in revenue collection efficiency also which has increased by over nine per cent during last six years; from about 92.4 per cent in 2001-02 to over 101 per cent in 2007-08 in the area of the DHBVN and from 89.19 per cent in 2001-02 to 99.96 per
cent in the area of the UHBVN.
The spokesman said that considering that lengthier the low tension (LT) distribution lines higher the line loss, hence, the power distribution coeporations were minimizing the length of LT lines for distribution. All commercial institutions and industries having over 20 KW load are being given independent transformers; all tube well connections are being given connections on HT by providing independent transformer and the industries are being encouraged to have independent feeders. An ambitious scheme of strengthening power distribution system by providing High Voltage Distribution System (HVDS) in the villages and urban localities is being executed to
minimize length of LT lines.
An important initiative in the direction of reducing AT&C loss and improving power supply in rural area is segregation of rural domestic and agriculture load. About 800 new feeders will be created under this scheme.
Adequate transformation capacity in the distribution system is another important step taken by the distribution corporations. A large number of low capacity transformers are being provided in the distribution system. It is the policy decision to provide independent transformers to larger number of consumers. To improve the quality of transformers, so as to minimize rate of line losses in transformers, the Nigams have fixed standards of highest and latest quality available in the market. It has been decided that only amorphous transformers of four star rating with MCB will be installed.
The discoms have given impetus to energy audit. For this purpose meters are being provided at all the transformers. For close monitoring and energy audit, an energy audit control room equipped with computers has been started at Gurgaon.
The meters are being relocated out side on the poles in phased manner. Lakhs of meters have already been relocated. Meters of all HT industries have already been shifted out side at their gates and while giving new connections, meters are provided on gates only.
A quantum of line losses is attributed to pilferage of electricity. Sudden raids are being carried to check the theft. A special checking of all relocated meters was carried out and malpractices adopted by unscrupulous consumers were detected. An informer scheme to check theft is paying dividend under which 40 per cent amount of penalty is paid to the informer. Considering that technical improvement is better way to check theft, the Nigams have been utilizing the latest
electrical inputs in the distribution system and metering system minimizing the chances of theft.
Customer Care Centres have been set up at all the district head quarters to improve different type of services to consumers like bill collection, bill correction, new connection, load reduction, load
extension, change of meter, etc. At the CCCs, all such services are provided with in a time frame at single window.