Assam govt to start new technology to stop power theft

Facing Rs 900-crore annual revenue loss by Assam Power Distribution Company, the state government on Monday said it will implement Ring Fence System, a technology to prevent stealing of power at a total expenditure of Rs 875 crore.

The Ring Fence System will be set up in 72 towns along with the state capital under the Central government’s Restructured Accelerated Power Development ~~amp;amp; Reforms Programme (R-APDRP). “To stop misuse of power, mainly theft, we are going to implement an advanced technology-based system, called Ring Fence System, in Guwahati and another 72 towns initially. The total expenditure of the project will be Rs 875 crore,” Assam Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi told reporters at Guwahati.

The project is mainly Centre-funded and Assam government will bear 10 per cent of the total cost, he added. “The project work has already started and we hope to complete the first phased in the next two years. With operationalisation of this system, we hope to bring down the state’s power loss to 15 per cent from 28 per cent currently,” Bordoloi said.

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