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Hyderabad, Jan. 13

THE State Government and power utilities have firmed up plans for a Rs 3,000-crore high-voltage distribution system (HVDS), to provide reliable power supply at affordable costs to the over 1.6 crore consumers.

The HVDS is expected to further reduce transmission & distribution, commercial losses and arrest theft of energy. An annual investment of Rs 1,000 crore has been envisaged over the next three years.

Giving these details, the Chairperson & Managing Director of the Andhra Pradesh Power Transmission Corporation (APTransco), Ms Rachel Chatterjee, said a committee of engineers/officials of Transco/Discoms would be constituted soon. The HVDS has been initially operated as a pilot project at Tirupathi in Southern Power Distribution Company (APSPDCL) with good results, according to a press release from the APTransco.

The high tension (HT) industrial sales, which was only about 3,903 MU in 2000-01, reached 6,120 MU during 2003-04 and is expected to touch 7,482 MU during 2004-05. It is projected to grow to 9,000 ME during 2005-06.

The capital investments in the power utilities/discoms during the calendar year January-December 2004 would be Rs 1,600 crore as per revised estimates, a jump of Rs 165 crore, as against the tariff order level of Rs 1,435 crore, the Transco release claimed.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated January 14, 2005)
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