North India Kaleidoscope Bureau
Ten lakh smart meters would be installed in Haryana out of which five lakh would be installed this year and five lakh next year. This would solve various complications faced by the power distribution sector,Chief Minister Manohar Lal said while inaugurating India-Japan Smart Grid Pilot Project in Panipat on Thursday.
He also inaugurated and laid foundation stones of various other projects worth about Rs 38 crore.
The Smart Grid Pilot Project, being set up with the assistance of Japan, would ensure uninterrupted power supply to domestic as well as industrial consumers of the city. No one would have to visit houses for meter reading. If the meter or power supply is shut, the complaint would be resolved by the Smart Grid. Under this system, about 10,000 meters have already been installed in the district which would have complete data of the power consumed by a consumer.
Mr. Manohar Lal said a rebate of 15 percent in power tariff would be given on power consumption between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
The Chief Minister expressed grief over the death of two employees of the Naphtha Cracker Plant of Panipat Refinery who lost their lives in a blast that took place on January 22, 2018. He expressed his heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and wished those injured in the accident speedy recovery.
On the urban pattern, all rural areas of Panchkula, Ambala, Faridabad and Gurugram, are being provided 24-hour power supply. Under the scheme, Sirsa, the fifth district, is also being added on the occasion of Republic Day.
The Chief Minister said 471 more villages would be provided with the power supply on urban pattern.
Power companies incurring losses is a matter of concern and to deal with this problem, under Uday Yojana, the state government has borne loan of Rs 25,950 crore out of the total loan of Rs 34,600 crore.
Out of the loan borne by the state government, Rs 15, 570 crore has been converted into grant and bonds have been issued for the remaining loan of Rs 10, 380 crore. With this, the annual interest rate of 11 per cent on power distribution companies has been reduced to 8 percent.
The losses of power companies were reduced by 4.4 percent last year and by 3.68 percent in the current financial year (till November). The state government would invest Rs 2,784 crore on surveillance and distribution system in the next financial year.
While thanking the Japanese Government and NIDO Company for initiating the project, Mr. Manohar Lal said the state government would give all possible support for implementation of new industrial schemes.
Japanese Minister Keniko Sen said the project had been initiated under intensive relations between Japan and India and the Prime Minister, Mr Narenra Modi’s Make in India Programme.
Shatrujeet Kapur, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, DHBVN and UHBVN, said implementation of this project would open up new possibilities in the power sector.
Gurugram has emerged as corporate capital of Haryana and many multinational companies of the country and abroad planned to invest there. In order to make Gurugram generator-free, work on the Smart Grid project has begun. It is likely to cost Rs. 1608 crore. Skada System is also being implemented at the cost of Rs. 35 crore to ensure power supply to the industrial units of Manesar and Kundli. Under the Skada System, a scheme has been formulated to strengthen the power system in Panipat, Panchkula, Faridabad and Karnal, with a provision of Rs. 270 crore, he added.