States to cut power distribution losses to 15% in five years

All the states have endorsed the central government’s ambitious plan of electricity for all by March 2017 and bring down distribution loses to 15 percent in five years.

This was agreed at the final day of a two-day energy conference here, said a power ministry statement on Saturday.

With losses of electricity distribution companies in India touching a staggering Rs.3.8 trillion ($58 billion), the cabinet on Thursday has already approved a major restructuring and revival package for the sector, with both checks and incentives, to remove what is considered the weakest link in the government’s ambitious plan of power for all by 2022.

Transmission and distribution loses, the majority of which pertains to sheer theft of electricity, had been varying between 17-35 percent.

The states have resolved to ensure expeditious implementation of Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) projects by implementing them within 30 months from date of sanction and achieve 15 percent Aggregate Technical and Commercial Losses (AT & C) at national level by 2019-20.

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