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Haryana to adopt Punjab model for checking losses

Em News Bureau ,  Wednesday, February 06, 2013, 16:54 Hrs  [IST]

Power distribution utilities in Haryana have decided to adopt at least one 11kV feeder in each operation circle for implementing the Punjab model of power supply in the state.

The distribution companies decided to take up this pilot project after a presentation made by Northern India Power Engineers Federation, an NGO that had formulated this low-cost model to bring down aggregate technical and commercial losses.

A core committee of the advisor and directors of the Haryana discoms would be constituted to study the system in detail. The committee will submit its report to the management. The report will be placed before the board of directors of the discoms for their consideration within one month.

Punjab Model: A pilot project was launched on four feeders of west division Patiala in Punjab. Complete and independent feeders were selected for accurate and authentic energy audit. The pilot project included two rural feeders, one urban "Kundi" area feeder and one posh area feeder of Patiala. Low tension distribution system was re-laid and meters were shifted to pillar boxes.

On completion of pilot project, the result of pilot project was adopted by the board management of the Punjab's power distribution utility and the Patiala model was extended to the entire state with funding by Rural Electrification Corporation. About 20 lakh consumer meters have been shifted in pillar boxes and rest of the meters are being shifted.

Under this model, the low tension portion of supply may be minimized, naked conductor may be replaced with insulated cables, meters may be relocated in pillar boxes outside the houses and proper energy audit and indexing of installations is required to be ensured.
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