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Govt bid to reduce transmission loss

By STAFF Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 16 � State Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi today said the Government is aiming to reduce the transmission and distribution loss of the power sector from the existing 27 per cent to 15 per cent in the next two years.

All the three power sector utilities have set target in this regard, the Minister said in the State Assembly while replying to a question by AGP MLA Phani Bhuasan Choudhury on power tariff hike in the State.

Bordoloi further said the State Government or the three power sector companies do not regulate themselves the power tariff and it is the prerogative of the Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission (AERC).

�We don�t even appoint the chairman or member of the Commission as it is done by the High Court,� he replied.

�Yes, there has been hike in power tariff on a regular basis and that has largely to do with our sources of power. Both natural gas and coal have become costlier and this is directly influencing power tariff. Hydro-based power is the cheapest, on which we hardly rely. While determining the hike, the AERC has to consider the production, distribution and business costs involved,� Bordoloi said.

He also informed that in order to reduce the revenue gap, Rs 592 crore was given to Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL ) as subsidy in the last three years.

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Govt bid to reduce transmission loss

GUWAHATI, July 16 � State Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi today said the Government is aiming to reduce the transmission and distribution loss of the power sector from the existing 27 per cent to 15 per cent in the next two years.

All the three power sector utilities have set target in this regard, the Minister said in the State Assembly while replying to a question by AGP MLA Phani Bhuasan Choudhury on power tariff hike in the State.

Bordoloi further said the State Government or the three power sector companies do not regulate themselves the power tariff and it is the prerogative of the Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission (AERC).

�We don�t even appoint the chairman or member of the Commission as it is done by the High Court,� he replied.

�Yes, there has been hike in power tariff on a regular basis and that has largely to do with our sources of power. Both natural gas and coal have become costlier and this is directly influencing power tariff. Hydro-based power is the cheapest, on which we hardly rely. While determining the hike, the AERC has to consider the production, distribution and business costs involved,� Bordoloi said.

He also informed that in order to reduce the revenue gap, Rs 592 crore was given to Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL ) as subsidy in the last three years.

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