Discoms told to prevent power theft
- Jain says distribution losses have to be cut
- Discoms to educate customers
Hyderabad, December 24: In order to minimize losses and to provide financial relief to the Discoms, the AP Govt has emphasized the need for power utilities to go all out to prevent pilferage/theft of energy and commercial losses hereafter in the Discoms.
While fixing responsibilities among the employees and officers of Discoms for reduction of commercial losses, the AP Energy Department has suggested that the top-brass of Discoms educate the general public/consumers on the evil effects of the pilferage of energy which in turn burdens the genuine consumers as well as Discoms.
Ajay Jain, Secretary, Energy Infrastructure & Investments, Govt. of AP, while reviewing the performance of Discoms and initiatives taken for effective implementation of Power For All (PFA) programme, along with Advisor Ranganatham, with CMDs of Discoms H.Y. Dora and Seshagiri Babu, all Superintending Engineers/Operation of Discoms, through a teleconference has instructed the officials to make all out efforts to reduce the system losses to a level of single digit and eradicate theft of energy in the State.
The State cabinet, which met recently, expressed its keenness in reduction of overall power distribution losses and to eradicate theft of energy in the State and assured full-fledged cooperation and support to power utilities to prevent pilferage of energy.
Jain stressed the need for setting up of special vigilance teams to make surprise checks and book cases in theft-prone areas in the respective Discoms. The Joint Managing Director, Vigilance, APTransco N Sanjay has also been instructed by the Secretary to press special teams to conduct inspections in suspected and theft-prone areas. Keeping the importance of the issue, DPE and Vigilance wings of all operation circles in the Discoms are told to gear up and prepare time-bound action plans and make all out efforts to prevent theft in their respective areas.
Jain said the entire commercial losses i.e, theft of energy, unauthorized use of electricity, improper metering, improper meter reading and billing practices have to be wiped out from the system. He also said energy theft is a social evil and appropriate awareness programs are also to be implemented to check this menace. Power utilities are almost losing Rs 900 crore per annum on the basis of an estimate of even 3% of commercial losses @ Rs 6.0 for every unit. If commercial losses are curbed, the amount can be realized for better prospects of the Discoms. He requested all the officers of the power utilities to own up the responsibility of curbing the theft of energy in the State by making relentless efforts. (NSS)