JK tops country in T&D losses at 61.61 pc

MUKEET AKMALI

Srinagar, Mar 17: The Economic Survey 2012-13 blames the state government for its failure to tame the T&D losses in Jammu and Kashmir.
 The report, which was presented in the Legislative Assembly a day before presentation of budget 2013-14, records that the T&D losses in the state have remained stagnant and “are very high at 61.61 percent.”
 Jammu and Kashmir Power Development Department has miserably failed to bring down the T&D losses over the years. Pertinently, J&K faces the highest T&D losses in the country.
 According to the Survey, the percentage of T&D losses in the state had been 43 percent in 2007-2008, 62.06 percent in 2009-2010, 60.55 percent in 2010-2011 and 61.61 percent in 2012-2013.
 Experts slam the JKPDD saying it has not made any serious effort to reduce the losses. “Instead of curbing the losses, they are trying to pass the burden of such loss on the consumers.”
 According to experts the main reasons for high T&D losses in the state are: Degradation of old lines and equipment, poor repair and maintenance,  non-installation of sufficient capacitors, theft & pilferage and tampering of meters, low accountability in the department, etc.
 The report also presents a dismal picture of power generation by the state over the years.
 It states that the installed capacity of the State, thermal as well as Hydel, is only 952.87 MWs at the end of 2012-13.
 Pertinently, the eighteenth All India Power Survey has projected an increase in power demand in J&K from 2247 MW, and energy demand from 14132.91 MU during 2009-10, to 2650 MW and 15205.17 MU respectively during 2011-12.  The demand updated by PDD is 2600 MW and 17842.69 MU respectively during 2012-13.
 “The State is perpetually energy deficient and has to rely on power purchase from Northern Grid to meet its requirements particularly in winters when its own generation recedes and demand peaks,” the report reads.

METERING
 On the metering the survey says the consumer metering has been revived and nearly 99612 meters have been installed during 2012-13 ending September 2012. Nearly 423.16 MW of additional load has been brought within the tariff regime from March 2011 to September 2012, it says.
 It adds: Multi-tier inspection squads have been constituted to check the misuse of power. “43731 inspections have been conducted during 2012-13 ending November 2012 and Rs. 997 lakh of fine imposed out of which Rs. 635 lakh has been recovered.”

REVENUES
 Pertinently, the power revenue for 9 months of the current financial year ended December, 2012 has increased by 37.25 per cent as compared to the corresponding period of the last year representing an increase of Rs 275.45 crore. Moreover, 100 percent computerization of energy bills has been achieved in the State.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 17 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 17 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 18 Mar 2013 00:00:00 IST




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