Updated January 2nd, 2024 at 19:19 IST

Power supply in rural areas up from 12.5 hrs in 2015 to 20.6 hrs in 2023: Govt

As a result of the measures taken, the availability of power supply in rural areas has increased from 12.5 hours in 2015 to 20.6 hours in 2023.

Reported by: Business Desk
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The aggregate technical and commercial losses (AT&C) losses of distribution companies (DISCOMs) have declined from 25.7 per cent in FY15 to 15.41 per cent in FY23, the government data showed on Thursday. Minister of Power and Renewable Energy RK Singh said it in the parliament while replying to a question.

“As a result of the measures taken, the availability of power supply in rural areas has increased from 12.5 hours in 2015 to 20.6 hours in 2023. The power supply in urban areas will increase to 23.78 hours in 2023,” Singh said.

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For a long time, reducing the losses  has been the main target of the central and all state governments. And in a bid to reduce, a lot of measures have been taken in the past. “Putting in place Rules to ensure payment for any subsidy declared by the Government in time, ensuring that the tariffs are up to date, reducing the legacy dues of GENCOs under Late Payment Surcharge are some of the measures taken by the government,” Singh added.

According to Singh, putting in place revised prudential norms providing that no DISCOM or GENCO of a state government will be able to get loans from PFC and REC if the DISOM is making a loss, unless the DISCOM, with the approval of the State Government.

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Published December 22nd, 2023 at 18:21 IST