COIMBATORE: Works on the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme of Tamil Nadu Electricity Board are likely to commence in two months, according to the Information Technology and Energy Secretary PWC Davidar.
He told presspersons after the inaugural of Connect Coimbatore, an Information and Communication Technology conference here on Friday, that 110 places had been identified for this project. Applications related to various services such as billing, complaints and reducing line losses would be IT-enabled. A consortium of companies, including those in IT and energy fields, would implement the Rs. 400-crore project and it would be completed in a maximum of two and a half years. The line losses in the State now worked out to 19 per cent. With the programme, it could be brought down to 15 per cent, he said. A call centre would also be established to tag complaints and pursued.
The total energy consumption in the State in March 2004 was 38,000 million units. In March 2009 it was 53,000 million units. “We have never seen this rapid growth in consumption, especially in industrial and domestic consumers.” In the next five years, 8,000 MW would be added in the State, excluding the three or four ultra mega power projects proposed, he said.