In line with the Centre’s reforms linked distribution scheme, the Uttar Pradesh government has drawn up a plan improve the financial and operational performance of discoms. They include plans to bring down the Aggregate Technical & Commercial (AT&C) losses from the current 30.3% to 15% by March 2024, reduce ACS-ARR gap from -.07 in 2019-20 to 0.85 in 2023-24 and bring down the distribution losses from the current 18% to 13.3% by March 2024.
In a presentation made before the Union minister of Power RK Singh here last week, the UPPCL has stated that in order to achieve this target, it has already drawn up an ambitious plan to install 40 lakh smart meters in the state, out of which 10.31 lakh have already installed. The remaining have a deadline of December, 2021. It has also set a target to meter the balance 16.41 lakh un-metered consumers by October, 2020. Apart from this, it has already operationalised 75 special electricity police thanas, one in each district, increased vigilance squads in the state from 33 to 88, out of which 63 squads are already operational. It also plans to ensure 100% feeder metering, energy audit of feeders, segregation of agricultural feeders, etc.