The state government of Uttar Pradesh has dicided to implement the Center’s Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS) in the upcoming years in an effort to offer citizens with 24 hour access to energy.
“With a vision of providing uninterrupted power supply to citizens of Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi government has flung into action to reduce commercial and distribution losses and improve quality, reliability and affordability of power supply to consumers, Uttar Pradesh government said in a statement on Wednesday.
The scheme is to be implemented by 2025-26.
“Project work has also started in all the five DISCOMs with this amount. Under this, an amount of Rs 3842.41 crore is being provided for the eight clusters of Purvanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited, while a provision of Rs 3303.70 crore has been made for the seven clusters of Madhyanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited. There is a provision of Rs 2764.33 crore for six clusters of Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited and Rs 3247.07 crore for all seven clusters of Dakshinanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited. Apart from this, 474.73 crore has been allotted to KESCo, Kanpur,” the statement read further.
This plan includes provisions for upgrading and replacing the power system in addition to decreasing line losses (AT&C losses) in the power distribution sector. The Government of India offers financial support to the DISCOMs (electricity distribution firms) in order to improve their supply infrastructure.
According to the announcement, all five of Uttar Pradesh’s DISCOMs are receiving 29 packages under this scheme, totaling Rs 13632.24 crore, to prevent line loss.
Technical and commercial losses must be reduced by 12 to 15% by 2024–2025
Technical and commercial losses must be reduced by 12 to 15% by 2024–2025, and the Average Supply Cost–Average Revenue Recovery (ACS–ARR) gap must be minimized by the same date. The plan also aims to upgrade and enhance the current power distribution infrastructure while ensuring a steady flow of high-quality power to consumers.
“PMA has been appointed in all DISCOMs for carrying out the work smoothly. In order to strengthen the distribution system, approval of Rs 18885.24 crore was received on March 28, 2022 itself for system monitoring at the feeder and distribution transformer level. At the same time, consent has been given for Rs 16498.61 crores to strengthen the power system in rural and urban areas and reduce losses. Along with this, executive agencies have been appointed for loss reduction,” the government said in the press note.
However, the work of tender for metering works is in process, it added.
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