Regulator Asks HVPN To Cut T&D Losses

Gurgaon, Aug 25: | Updated: Aug 26 2002, 05:30am hrs
Nearly 45 per cent of the total electricity supplied to Haryana Transmission and Distribution (T&D) Network is officially recorded as lost in transit.

The Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) has asked the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN), the sole licencee for the distribution of electricity to various sectors of consumers, to bring these losses down.

HERC has drawn the attention of the HVPN that during 1999-2002, when the state introduced power reforms and replaced Haryana State Electricity Board (HSEB) with a series of corporations under the overall umbrella of Haryana Power Utilities, the HVPN had committed that it would bring down the T&D losses from 48.96 per cent to 40.76 per cent by March-end.

HERC has stated that HVPN should not be allowed to get away by stating that it is operating in loss due to failure on the part of the state government to release to HVPN, the subsidy arreas of Rs 1,571 crore on account of subsidised supply of electricity to agricultural sector.

The HERChas expressed dissatisfaction with HVPNs pace of replacing defective meters, installation of electronic meters, better load management and stricter vigilance.

It is also learnt that the figures of power consumed by various categories of agricultural consumers, furnished separately by the Prasaran Nigam and states power department, do not tally. This, according to HERC, is considered a serious lapse.