Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Sep 17:
In order to minimise the steep aggregate technical & commercial (AT&C) losses, which is still at an unacceptable 40 %, the Odisha government has decided to demand an assistance of Rs 800 crore from the Union Power Ministry under the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reform Programme (R-APDRP) for the three discoms in the state.
The assistance will be used for North Eastern Electricity Supply Company of Odisha Ltd (NESCO) Western Electricity Supply Company of Odisha Ltd (WESCO) and Southern Electricity Supply Company of Odisha Ltd (SOUTHCO). All three power utilities are controlled by Reliance Infrastructure.
“As a part of our power reforms, we will raise the demand for R-APDRP assistance at the meet of state power ministers to be held towards the end of this month. The state government will demand Rs 800 crore for Nesco, Wesco and Southco”, Energy minister Pranab Prakash Das said here today.
R-APDRP is aimed at upgrading the sub-transmission and distribution network, including energy accounting and metering in the urban areas having population of more than 30,000.
It may be noted that Power Finance Corporation (PFC) recently released Rs 79.21 crore for implementation of the R-APDRP scheme by CESU. While the Centre released the fund for CESU managed by OERC, it was reluctant to allocate funds under the scheme to other three discoms as the utilities have been privatised.
But the Union power ministry had stipulated a condition that the money provided under R-APDRP will be routed through the state government. The funds released by PFC will be used in operational areas of CESU covering Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Angul, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Jatni, Paradeep, Pattamundai and Talcher.