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Transco In Plans For World-Class Power Supply

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APTransco is contemplating an ambitious plan to strengthen transmission & distribution (T&D) network with an investment of Rs 7,200 crore over the next five years for supply of power at world class quality.

Disclosing this at a high-level co-ordination committee meeting, Rachel Chatterjee, the APTransco CMD, said that consequent to the reforms process initiated four years back, average annual investment on T & D had been increased tremendously from the level of Rs 372 crore (1991-98) to more than Rs 988 crore (1999 -2002). As a result, 19 numbers of 220 KV, 33 numbers of 132 KV and 479 numbers of 33 KV sub-stations have been commissioned.

The T&D losses were brought down from 38 per cent in 1999 to 29.6 per cent in 2001-02 and a further reduction to 25 per cent was planned for the current year, Chatterjee said, adding the actual T & D losses in the current year upto December 2002 stood at 26 per cent.

She hoped that greater emphasis on strengthening of T & D system would significantly result in not only in savings but also ensure quality and reliable power supply to the consumers. Steps initiated in this direction enabled the T & D system to improve the voltage profile to the extent of 10 to 12 per cent. Concrete efforts are being made to identify and eliminate low voltage pockets.

Stating that the power supply position in Andhra Pradesh is far better than that in many other states in the country, the Transco CMD suggested to her department officials to conduct motivation camps at village-level for seeking public co-operation in overcoming the present power crisis in the state.

First Published: Mon, February 10 2003. 00:00 IST