UP To Adopt ‘Gujarat Model’ To Stop Power Theft

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The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh will follow the `Gujarat model’ to curb power theft so it can fulfill its promise of round the clock power supply in the state. The UP government on April 14 had signed an MOU with the Centre to provide 24X7 power supply in the state. Line losses from power theft are as high as 40 percent in UP, against 12 percent in Gujarat. In NOIDA the losses are as low as 6.9 percent.

“If you want the facility of 24-hour power supply then we need your cooperation. If you do not have regular metered power connection then get the connection which is free”, Yogi said while addressing elected representatives of the Panchayats here on Monday on the occasion of National Panchayati Raj day.

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Under the Gujarat model, special police stations and vigilance squads are proposed to be set up across UP to curb power theft. Such specialized police stations function at Vadodara, Surat, Sabarmati, Rajkot and Bhavnagar to weed out power thieves and pilferers.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has abolished the VIP culture of red lights in official vehicles. We too have ended the VIP culture in power supply. During previous Samajwadi party, only four districts were given 24-hour power supply. My government will ensure 24-hour power supply to all the 75 districts of the state as the people of 71 districts too have voted to form the government in UP,” said Yogi.

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The CM said that this message should go to each of the 59,000 village panchayats in the state that the UP government has the firm resolve to provide round the clock electricity to all the villages and we are working hard to achieve that goal.

The present peak hour power demand in UP is 15,000 megawatts (mw), which is projected to rise to 18,000-19,000 MW during the summer months of May and June. Within two years, after the implementation of “Power for All’’ the total power demand in UP is expected to be around 22,000 MW. As per the Central electricity authority, 71 percent and 19 percent UP households in rural and urban areas respectively have no electricity connection while as many as over 60 lakh power consumers draw power by tapping the power distribution lines through ‘katiya’ (illegal) connection.

The total number of power consumers in UP of all categories are 1.88 crore. Under `Power for All’, the UP government has set a target of providing 2 crore new power connections by October 2018.

UP Power Corporation, (UPPCL) the holding company of four power distribution companies, is presently deep in debt and its accumulated losses by the end of March 2016 were over Rs 60,000 crore. Under the bailout package Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY), scheme announced by the NDA government, UP government has issued government guarantee to UPPCL to borrow from the banks and financial institutions to bridge the huge deficit.

Presently the power availability position is comfortable in UP. Against the present peak demand of 15,000 MW, the power generation from state owned thermal and hydle power plants is about 4,000-4,500 MW. The three private sector generation plants of Reliance, Bajaj and Lanco contribute 5,000 MW, while UP’s share from the Central sector power plants of NTPC is 6,000 MW and UPPCL has long term and short term power purchase agreements of about 3,000 MW with independent power generators.

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