Cut power losses to below 10 per cent in 6 months, Centre tells states
NEW DELHI: The Union power ministry has asked states to slash electricity losses due to theft and technical reasons to below 10% within six months, an ambitious target given that some towns in Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar lose up to 90% of power.
The target was put before the states in a review, planning and monitoring meeting held on July 22 by Union power minister Piyush Goyal with power secretaries of states.
About 4,041 towns are being targeted under the proposal, officials said. Cities such as Ahmedabad and Visakhapatnam would find it easier to meet the target since they lose close to 10% power due to theft and technical reasons, but the move is being resisted by states such as Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar where pilferage and technical problems are a huge challenge.
A senior government official said while the physical and commercial losses can be curbed by the state-owned discoms by raising billing-collection efficiency and curbing power thefts, the technical losses would require substantial investments in technology upgradation.