Reliance, HCL in fray for RAPDRP in Indian state

Reliance, HCL in fray for RAPDRP in Indian state

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Haryana, India: Reliance Infrastructure, HCL Technologies and HCL Infosystems are in fray for Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Program (RAPDRP) (part-A) in Haryana. The project will prepare baseline data to boost power sector reforms to cut aggregate technical and commercial losses and power thefts by installing GIS and metering in towns in the state.

The INR 50,000 crore Centre government initiated power reform project is aimed to bring down transmission and distribution losses to 15 percent in the country. Under the program consumer indexing, GIS and asset mapping, metering of feeders and distribution transformers, automatic data logging, feeder segregation, ring fencing and information technology applications will be done. The project is to be completed in three-years and a data centre would be created at Hisar which will be common for DHBVN & UHBVN. There would be one disaster recovery centre at Panchkula. A call centre would be set up in Gurgaon under this project.

Power sector reform program is running behind schedule in Haryana. The bidding process under RAPDRP was rescheduled earlier after the amendments issued by Power Finance Corporation were incorporated in bid document. “The price bids are likely to be opened in the current month,” sources in the power department said.

Haryana power distribution utility Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) is conducting the bidding process to select the company that would also cover area under the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN). DHBVNL provides distribution and transmission of power in 10 districts and six circles of Haryana.

Like other power distribution utilities, the Haryana utilities are ridden with debt due to high aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) losses and power thefts. The utilities have lately rescheduled part of the bank loans to cope with shortage of working capital.

Power utilities in the country continue to post AT&C losses ranging between 20 percent and 60 percent of the turnover. In many states the AT & C losses are estimated as high as 50 percent of the turnover.

As per Comptroller and Auditor General of India, the power distribution utilities in Haryana incurred over INR 1663.23 crore losses in 2010-11 as per report of AT & C losses were as high as 34 percent in 2000-2001; when DHVBN came into being. DHBVN claims to have brought it down to 24.2 per cent during the financial year 2010-11.

Source: The Economic Times