Power cos’ claim of cutting line loss by 70% an eyewash: NUMM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Feb 2018 10:44:13


Staff Reporter

The power companies have tabled claim before the Electricity Regulatory Commission that above 70 per cent line loss has been reduced. In previous year, the company had faced Rs 4,528 crore that was just Rs 1,306 crore in current year. As a result, this year, the electricity tariff rise of 4 per cent has been proposed.

Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM) criticized the statement of power companies and said such facts are just eyewash. The NUMM, submitting its objection before the electricity regulatory authority, said that main reason behind rise in electricity tariff is not due to decline in line loss ratio but alleged that it is a pressure on the part of State Government keeping in view the election year. Owing to this pressure on the side of Government, the power companies have showed the losses at minimum level. Hence, owing to election year, power tariffs could not be increased. He alleged that the no work capacity of power companies has increased to control line losses, but the companies have made high claims.

NUMM, with documents, contended the power tariff in election years are reduced at minimum rate. In year 2013, during Assembly elections, the rates were raised to 1.5 per cent and in 2008, only two per cent rates were raised. Hence, in this pattern in coming elections, the nominal raise shall be effected.

NUMM added that power companies have totally failed in minimising the line loss and in past six years, around Rs 10,000 crore has been spent in six years. Even every year, power pilferage worth Rs 5,000 crore is being reported in the State. Due to high rate of power pilferage, Madhya Pradesh is at third position in the country. In Uttar Pradesh, Rs 16,000 crore and in Rajasthan, Rs 11,000 crore and in Madhya Pradesh, Rs 5,000 crore.

Earlier, a meeting was held to discuss the issue of registering objection on the claim of power distribution companies, including Dr P G Najpandey, Rajat Bhargava, Manish Sharma, Subhash Chandra, Ram Milan Sharma and others.