You are here: Home » Economy & Policy » News
Business Standard

Will customise power solutions for states, says Centre

Lays stress on reducing AT&C losses and gap between high cost of supply and realisation

Sanjay Jog  |  Mumbai 

Centre devices state specific policy to revive distribution sector

The Centre has worked out a state-specific policy for electricity boards and power distribution utilities that focuses on lowering transmission losses and bridging the gap between the cost of supply and realisation.

Union Power Secretary P K Pujari, however, ruled out any financial package on the lines of the one provided in 2012 for the revival of ailing electricity boards and power distribution utilities. He was speaking at a summit organised here today by the Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers’ Association.

Pujari said a policy would soon be in place for the revival of electricity boards and distribution utilities. He hoped states would adopt the policy formulation. His announcement comes close on the heels of Goa, Uttarakhand and Meghalaya joining hands with the Centre for revival of power distribution.

“The proposed policy will require states to reduce transmission losses to a certain level in three years in order to improve quality and reliability of power. Besides, states will have to lower the average cost of supply to make operations viable,” Pujari noted.

Pujari said several states were moving towards private distribution franchises and that Rajasthan had recently floated a bid in this regard.

This apart, Pujari said the Centre would focus on implementation of the Integrated Power Development Scheme and the Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana to improve electricity distribution.

Pujari said the Centre was working on allowing inefficient power plants to transfer coal linkages to efficient ones. He said the coal ministry had taken a number of initiatives to increase coal supply to power plants.

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Sat, September 26 2015. 00:29 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU
.