Non-metered consumers main reason for AT&C losses: Principal Sec y PDD
Srinagar: In Kashmir, more than half of the electricity consumers are without meters—giving a space to push up the Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses further.
Principal Secretary, Power Development Department H Rajesh Prasad told KNO that it has already invested over Rs 5,000 Crores to overcome the losses.
“I think there is a need to invest more in the Power Development Sector because there are outdated cables, poles and transformers. It will take a lot of time and more investment is required. By that way we can reduce one of the components for AT&C losses,” he said.
Prasad further said, “The main reasons for the AT&C losses are non-metered consumers. Under the Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS), the focus is on consumer smart metering. We already have less traditional metered consumers and ironically 50 percent of the consumers do not have the meters at all.”
He further said that there was a dire need to make every consumer metered. “Besides, we have to make sure that every unit of energy is accounted for, and then only the count of losses will be reduced. People will have to stop power theft and hooking on power lines.”
The Principal Secretary said there were more possible reforms and investments required to replace the entire outdated and obsolete infrastructure in PDD.
“Whooping amounts of electricity bill of hundreds of Crores are lying pending with the domestic consumers. However, the government has almost cleared all the pending dues,” Prasad said.
He said that in the past ‘billing was not happening’. “Last year only we collected more than Rs 135 Crores from the domestic consumers and I think that as of now it will be still hundreds of Crores of Rupees that are lying pending with them.”
Asked about the lack of skilled manpower in the department, the Principal Secretary said, “In order to manage the efficient sector, we of course need skilled manpower. We are already recruiting more technical staff to stop being dependent on non-technical staff.” (KNO)