Panel finds no merit in PDD blaming people for power losses

Srinagar: The JK State Electricity Regulatory Commission has found no merit in Power Development Department’s argument that people are to blame for power distribution losses.
Instead, the commission has blamed the PDD for not installing meters in the unmetered areas according to the provisions laid out in JK electricity Act, 2010.
“The commission finds no merit in the petitioner’s (PDD) submission of attributing the high loss levels in the state to injudicious use of electricity…it is the responsibility of PDD to plug leakages and conduct regular checks on suspected cases of theft and unauthorized use of electricity,” said chairperson SERC Basharat Ahmad Dhar in an order last year.
In its reply, the PDD had argued that the state is facing huge commercial losses because of “power theft and injudicious use of electricity”.

Powerful reprimand
It is the responsibility of PDD to plug leakages, check thefts and install meters
PDD can’t be burden law-abiding consumers by purchasing additional power over and above the targeted T&D losses

The SERC has also expressed concern over the lack of reliable data on the actual T&D losses.
“A pre-requisite for determining actual loss levels is installation of meters on both sides, in the system and consumer households,” it said.
The SERC noted that the transmission and distribution losses in the Jammu and Kashmir were the highest in India and needed urgent intervention.
The commission has also barred the PDD from additional power purchase over and above the target loss level as it pointed out that such “inefficiencies could not be passed on to the law-abiding consumers”.
“This shall ensure that tariffs are reflective of prudent costs and the consumer is not burdened with the inefficiencies of the PDD,” it added.
The PDD has failed to achieve targets according to Abraham Committee Report. The committee had fixed a target of 43% combined T&D loss level for financial year 2007-08 and was expected to reduce the loss level by 4% every year, meaning the losses should have been reduced to 15% last year, which recorded 46% losses.

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