Nilekani To Head Power, IT Sector Task Force

New Delhi: | Updated: Apr 24 2002, 05:30am hrs
The Ministry of Power has set up a task force to develop synergy between the information technology (IT) and the Indian power sectors. This task force is to be chaired by Infosys CEO Nandan Nilekani.

The power sector with the help of the National Association of Software Services Companies (Nasscom), intends to reduce its losses of about Rs 25,000 in distribution alone, with incremental usage of IT applications.

Four areas within the power sector have been identified where there can be maximum deployment of IT applications. These areas are online collection of bills, customer grievance management and new customer management and billing, according to Minister of State for Power, Jaywanti Mehta. Mrs Mehta was present at “IT Applications for the Power Sector”, a joint seminar organised by Nasscom and the Ministry of Power.

“The Indian power sector is in the same position the banking sector was about 10 years ago. IT companies will have to work hard together to provide solutions suiting the needs of power sector,” Mr Nilekani said.

Globally, Infosys has some product offerings in the utility group for the power sector, however, the company is not focusing on offering solutions to the national power sector at present.

According to Mr Nilekani, IT will be needed most in the areas of power distribution and curbing of commercial losses in the power sector.

“Software can help in online load management analysis, load rearrangement and load balancing that will help in maintaining a balance between power supply and demand,” Mrs Mehta said.

IT is required in fault detection, inventory management, power transmission and data management, she said. “Power to all by 2012 will only be possible with the help of IT,” Mrs Mehta said.