‘3.34 lakh prepaid meters activated’

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Imphal: Manipur has a total of 5.02 lakh power consumers out of which 3.34 lakh prepaid meters have already been installed and activated, said Manipur power minister Thongam Biswajit Singh attending a video conference with Union minister of power and new renewable energy Raj Kumar Singh.

The conference was participated by energy ministers, advisors of states/ UTs to discuss the Revamped Distribution Scheme, on Thursday.

Biswajit attended the conference from his New Secretariat office.

He informed the Union minister that the state still needs around 2 lakh more prepaid meters to cover the remaining hill and valley areas to improve revenue generation.

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Raj Kumar noted that the meeting is to discuss modernisation of systems to provide quality and reliable power supply to the consumers and reduce power losses.
After hearing a detailed report on the state’s performance in the power sector highlighted by Biswajit, the Union minister commended the work and said it is an outstanding achievement.

Biswajit appreciated the initiatives of the Union ministry through which the states can modernise system and improve quality of power supply to the consumers and help in generating revenue for the state.

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Regarding the ATC losses in the state, Biswajit stated that since formation of the government, the state has been able to bring ATC losses to 20.27 percent from 45 percent in the past. We are targeting to bring it down to 12-15 percent by 2023-24, he continued.

Regarding the Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme, the formation of the Distribution Reforms Committee (DRC) have already completed. Preparation of Action Plan and DPRs is under process, he added.

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He said the state had requested for additional sanction for electrification of more households under the SAUBHAGYA scheme and that the Centre had already sanctioned Rs100 crore. However, the state is requesting for rectification of the sanction order as the state needs more on the grid sector, he said adding that the sanction order includes Rs 61 crore for Off-Grid and Rs 39 crore for Grid sectors.

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