Jusco aims to win over 50% JSEB clients in 3 years

Jamshedpur, May 30 | Updated: May 31 2007, 05:30am hrs
Jamshedpur Utilities & Services Company (Jusco), a 100% subsidiary of Tata Steel, expects to win over half the clients of Jharkhand State Electricity Boards (JSEB) in the industrial area of Adityapur in the next three years.

The 40sqkm Adityapur industrial area, with around 600 industrial and 12,000 domestic & commercial connections, is the only place in India where two power utilities coexist with their infrastructure.

"We expect to meet 50% of the requirement in the next three to three-and-a-half years," A N Singh, head of Jusco's power business division, told FE.

In 2006, the Seraikela-Kharswan district had become the first district in the country to have two power utilities side by side when the Jharkhand State Electricity Regulatory Commission (JSERC) granted newcomer Jusco a licence for supplying power to the area.

JSEB has already been in the district for several years now.

To serve the district, Jusco is talking to Tata Power and DVC for buying 40mw from each of them.

To begin with, Jusco will be supplying around 10mw of its surplus in the Jamshedpur system to around 300 domestic consumersof Adityapur by early July this year, and hopes to add on a few industrial consumers by August.

"All the infrastructure needed to supply around 30-40 mw power would be in place by the third quarter of 2007-08 and we should be serving 25-30 mw power to the area by this time next year," added Singh.

Jusco has already proposed to JSERC the maximum tariff it wants to charge the various categories of consumers. The regulatory body has sought some more information from Jusco before it examines the tariff closely and calls for a public hearing.

The JSERC is also closely studying a draft 'migration protocol' suggested by Jusco which existing JSEB subscribers would be required to fill and sign for switching over to Jusco supply.

The JSEB, which normally expects to receive around 100 mw at the Gamharia grid for distribution of around 60mw to the Adityapur industrial area, actually receives much less.

Repeated requests over the years to politicians, including chief ministers, by entrepreneurs of the area had yielded nothing except empty promises.Jusco's arrival in the area is being welcomed by the JSEB's consumers.