Bhubaneswar: The state government has asked the power distribution companies (DISCOMs) in the state to bring down their aggregate technical and commercial loss (AT & C) to 30 per cent by March 2017. A meeting chaired by Chief Secretary A P Padhi on Thursday at Secretariat in the city reviewed the performance of power distribution sectors in the state over last three years.
Padhi directed the DISCOMs to first track replacement of the defective meters and strengthen the enforcement activities through squad checks and disconnection for bringing down the theft and by-passing . They were also advised to improve their cash balance situation by enhancing collection efficiency.
The review showed that AT & C loss was reduced to 38 per cent by the year 2014-15 through various reform measures. This loss was further reduced to 36 per cent in the year 2015-16 and now the state government has set the target of bringing down loss to 30 per cent by end of the year 2016-17. As of now, the trend showed an overall reduction to the level 34 per cent during the current year and the DISCOMs were asked to ensure that target set by state government is achieved by March 2017.
Other issues relating to cent percent billing, collection, and raising satisfaction level of the consumers through quality power supply and timely delivery of services were also discussed during the meeting.
With regard to improvement in billing system, it was presented that mobile phone photo based spot billing system has been implemented in three DISCOM areas like NESCO, WESCO and SOUTHCO. Earlier CESU had upgraded its billing system with spot billing handsets. Now the steps would further be taken to upgrade that to mobile phone photo based spot billing system.
GRIDCO CMD Hemant Sharma said the system has been developed to provide hassle-free new connection to domestic consumers within 48 hours at their door step.
Similarly, HT consumers would now be included in automated billing system through GPRS signals through which actual power consumption in every 30 minutes would be automatically recorded at the head office through GPRS signals.
Available figure showed that NESCO has reduced 3.33 per cent AT&C loss during the year 2015-16 with overall loss of around 30 per cent. Similarly, WESCO has reduced AT & C loss to the tune of 4.44 per cent during the same year and has limited overall loss to 37.89 per cent during the year.
The SOUTHCO has been able to reduce this loss by 4 per cent during the period with overall loss of 43.92 per cent and CESU has reduced AT&C loss by 3.5 per cent thereby keeping its overall loss around 37 per cent during 2015-16.