Gridco chief readies Action Plan for discoms

Following the revocation of power distribution licences of three utilities controlled by Reliance Infrastructure, the chairman cum managing director (CMD) of Gridco Ltd has prepared a short-term action plan for streamlining operations and improving efficiency of these companies.

The action plan aims at achieving some stipulated targets by September this year, focusing on rudimentary aspects of distribution like billing, collection, new connections and disconnections as well as installation of new meters. The Gridco CMD has been designated as the administrator of the three utilities under the supervisory control of principal secretary (energy), Odisha as per the order of the Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC).

“We are targeting at 100 per cent billing of all consumers. Besides, we intend to scale up collection efficiency to at least 85 per cent by September from 60 per cent presently. Plans are afoot to install 300,000 new electric meters. We will also take up new connection drives and go for disconnection of defaulting consumers. Connection squads will be appointed for this purpose,” said Hemant Sharma, Gridco CMD. Out of 300,000 new electric meters, 100,000 meters are expected to be installed by December this year.

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