The Northern Power Distribution Company Limited (NPDCL) authorities have decided to launch a special drive against the pilferage of power to reduce transmission and distribution (T&D) losses in the five districts under its jurisdiction-- Karimnagar, Warangal, Nizamabad, Khammam and Adilabad. Disclosing this to the media here on Monday, NPDCL Chairman and Managing Director Karthikeya Mishra said that they had decided to reduce the existing T&D losses from 16 to 18 per cent to 15 per cent and later to 10 per cent by strengthening the distribution network and reducing the transmission line losses. “Once the line losses are reduced, we would definitely focus on reducing the commercial losses and check power pilferage through the Anti-Power Theft Squad (APTS) and the departmental officials,” he said.

He further said that they had reduced the power bill arrears by Rs. 180 crore during last year. However, the NPDCL still has dues around Rs. 700 crore due to non-payment of power bills by the Panchayat Raj, Rural Water Supply, other government and private offices, he said, adding that they would take all measures to recover all the dues in the next three to four years.

The Discom aims at reducing the T&D losses to 15 per cent by strengthening distribution network