Discoms Can Submit the Reports by the Deadline

kcrDiscoms in both Telangana state and AP who had finalized their Annual Revenue Requirement reports, as some doubts have been raised on the accuracy of the reasons shown for the heavy losses.
Re-examination being taken up by AP energy ministry officials same as CM KCR which is already been sought in Telangana.

By January 8 ARRs should submit separately to the Electricity Regulatory Committees of both states.

Based on the reports power charges will be hiked.

Ajay Jain who is an AP principal secretary of power said that “Let us see whether the discoms can submit the reports by the deadline or not”.

The main reasons for re-examination is that the discoms had reportedly jacked up the figures with respect to supply of free power to the agricultural pumpsets and other major factors like, transmission and distribution losses, power pilferage, mounting salary bills, other establishment expenses etc.

A TS official said that “Obviously, free power is the main contributor towards heavy losses, which have gone up to Rs 5,800 crore. How can we mitigate them? We are purchasing power for Rs 7 per unit and supplying it free for agriculture. There are 18.54 lakh working agriculture pumpsets in Telangana and 14.74 lakh in AP”.

In the name of benefit to the farmers common man is being continuously targeted-officials felt.

3.24 % transmission losses have been shown in 2014-15, while power theft is said to be around 1.7%. As per the IEA 1910, power theft is a cognizable offence amounting to a deterrent punishment of 3years of imprisonment, but the officials hardly book cases. Reports says that energy auditing is also not being done sincerely and more than 3% of losses are also adding up to Rs 1,100 crore annually.

Medaram Jathara

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