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Government plans power bills on a monthly basis from April

JAIPUR: From April next year, electricity bills will be charged on a monthly basis replacing the bi-monthly system currently in vogue. Power Minister Pushpendra Singh said this was being contemplated to reduce the burden on the common man.

Highlighting the achievements of the state government in four years, the minister said the power generation capacity increased and the losses of power companies were reduced during the BJP rule.

The minister informed that 6,561 MW was added to the power generation capacity in the state in four years and the state government approved 6 solar parks of 5430 MW capacity to push solar power generation in the state.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, the minister claimed that discoms have been able to reduce the losses. He said, in place of the combined annual loss of Rs 15,645 Crore in 2013-14, the losses has been reduced to Rs 1,981 crore in 2016-17 due to restructuring and reforms carried out in the power sector in past four years. He claimed that the discoms are poised for making profit by 2019.

The minister said state has been able to attain self-sufficiency in power production and electricity has reached all the villages in the state. The profit of the Vidut Utpadan Nigam has increased to Rs 378 crore in the year 2017-18 in comparison to Rs 284 crore in the previous year.

He said the private franchise system introduced for the first time for maintenance has been a success as the discoms were able to save Rs 30 lakh every sub-station in terms of maintenance.

He said, at present 144 sub-stations of 132 KV has been handed over the Private Sector for maintenance. He said, at present the maintenance service is being carried out by private sector in the four cities of Bharatpur, Kota, Bikaner and Ajmer.

He said, there is considerable improvement in the service to the customers and at the same time, power distribution companies were able to save Rs 280 crore.

He said the Mukhymantri Viddut Sudaar Abhiyan aims to bring the distribution losses less than 15%. The programme launched in September 2016, out of 20, 275 feeders’, 8899 feeders and out of 181 towns targeted, 104 towns was able to achieve this target, he said.

Source : timesofindia

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Government plans power bills on a monthly basis from April


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