IMPHAL, MARCH 19, 2018 (DIPR): Manipur State Power Distribution Company Ltd. Managing Director Shri L. Priyokumar said that out of 2582 villages in Manipur, as per the 2011 Census, 2486 villages are electrified as on March 2018.
He was speaking at the evening session of the series of press conference organised by the Directorate of Information and Public Relations at its Moirangkhom office compound, today.
The remaining 96 villages will be covered jointly by MANIREDA (75 numbers of Off-grid villages) and MSPDCL under the Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) Schemes (21 numbers of villages), he added.
A total of 213 numbers of un-electrified census villages are included for electrification under the DDUGJY. Electrification of 192 villages are completed as on March 18, 2018 and the remaining 21 un-electrified villages are targeted to be completed by April 2018, according to the MD.
He further said that the SAUBHAGYA – Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana was launched on November 28, 2017 in the State with the aim to achieve universal household electrification in the State. The Rural Electrification Corporation Limited is the Nodal Agency and the MSPDCL is the executing agency, he said.
He continued that the total household electrified till date under the scheme is 10,558 and the overall target for Manipur is electrification of 1,07,186 households by December 2018.
The MD further explained the criteria for inclusion under the scheme and said that prospective beneficiary households for free electricity connections under the scheme are identified using the Socio Economic and Caste Census, SECC, 2011 data. He said that un-electrified households not covered under the SECC, 2011 can also avail connections on payment of Rs. 500.
He also explained the UJALA scheme and said that under the scheme 1.3 lakhs LED bulbs, 21,000 tube-lights have been distributed for 2017-18 against a target of one lakh LED items (80,000 bulbs + 20,000 tube-lights).
He said that as per the Census 2011, altogether 12 Statutory/Urban towns viz. Imphal, Lamsang, Wangoi, Wangjing, Yairipok, Sugnu, Heirok, Jiribam, Tamenglong, Ukhrul, Kangpokpi and Sekmai have been taken up for implementation of the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS). The scheme aims at achieving the targeted AT&C loss reduction trajectory and providing 24×7 power to all States in the country.
Further according to the Managing Director, 3.38 lakh prepaid meters have been installed and activated against a target of 4.4 lakh approx. consumers. He said prepaid meter activated during April 2017 to March 2018 is around 30,000 only.
He continued that there is also a proposal to acquire another one lakh more pre paid meters so as to provide pre paid meter to atleast 80-90 percent of consumers in the State. The proposal made under the REC has been thoroughly analyse by the State Level Standing Committee headed by the Chief Secretary and sent to Ministry of Power.
He continued introduction of the prepaid meters have also helped in reduction of the AT&C losses.
He said that the AT&C loss percentage which stood at 44.20 percent in 2015-16 came down to 36.89 percent in 2016-17 and was further reduced to 28.00 percent in 2017-18 (upto December 2017). The target is to reduce the AT&C losses to 20 percent in 2018 and to 15 percent in 2019.
He also said that the transformer repairing workshop which has repaired 177 transformers in 2017-18 is also a budget saving endeavour of the MSPDCL.
The press conference was also attended by Executive Director Commercial, Shri Th.Atom Singh, GM Project Th.Jibon Singh and Deputy GM Pree Paid Section Shri M Chandramani Singh.