Patiala, January 03, 2015 (Neel Kamal Sonu): PSPCL has been chosen as “Best Performing Utility in Power Sector” by Central Board of Irrigation and Power. The award was presented to Er. K.D. Chaudhri by Prof. Sanwar Lal Jat, Minister of State, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India in the presence of Uma Bharti, Union Minister in New Delhi.
A jury of eminent personalities such as A.B. Pandya, Chairman, Central Water Commission, A.S. Bakshi, Member, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, Major Singh, Member Planning, Central Electricity Authority, Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, K.S. Popli, CMD, Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited, Ashok Sethi, Executive Director, Tata Power Co. Ltd. and Avinash Tyagi, Secretary General, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage was constituted to select the best power utility.
In the award ceremony apart from eminent jury other dignitaries present were V.K. Kanjalia, Secretary CBIP and Devender Chaudhry, IAS, Special Secretary, Ministry of Power, Govt of India.
Er. Chaudhri informed that PSPCL has been selected on the basis of its excellent performance in wide range of areas. PSPCL is having one of the lowest T and D losses in the country. It brought down T and D losses from 23.92% in 2007 to 16.95% in 2014 which include EHT losses of 4% as well. Annual financial turnaround has been achieved from loss of Rs.1640 crores in year 2010-11 to profit of 261 crores in year 2012-13, 256 crores in 2013-14 and expected profit of Rs.170 crores in year 2014-15.
CMD said that already PSPCL’s achievements have been recognised by Power Finance Corporation by rating it second best utility in its draft rating. It is a jump of 15 positions from 17th in year 2012-13 to 2nd position now which is further likely to improve in the latest ratings.
Er. Chaudhri said that Punjab is first state to start single number (1912) for registration of power supply related complaints all over the State. Massive investment of Rs. 4500 crores has been done in Transmission and Distribution System and no Grid Sub Station is overloaded now. Distribution System is also sufficiently augmented to cater to requirements of all sections of consumers. Despite having weak monsoon in 2014-15, PSPCL has been able to supply adequate power supply to AP consumers without imposing power cuts on any other category of consumers.
CMD said that PSPCL adopted consumer friendly multiple bill payment options such as online payment, payment through Mobile Applications, Sewak Machines etc. He said that PSPCL has become first power utility to implement IT on its own under R-APDRP scheme and 25 towns have already been declared GO LIVE whereas all the other towns will be connected before 31-3-2015. Distribution Network Strengthening under R-APDRP at a cost of Rs. 1447 crores is progressing well and is likely to be completed before July 2015. These projects are well ahead of the time schedule fixed by Govt of India/Power Finance Corporation.
Er. Chaudhri said that it will be our continuous endeavour to improve power supply system and consumers services in Punjab. He congratulated and thanked all officers and employees for their hard work which has made it possible to achieve these milestones.