Financial Daily from THE HINDU group of publications
Saturday, Jun 01, 2002

News
Features
Stocks
Port Info
Archives

Group Sites

Industry & Economy - Power


DFID-funded power supply control centre commissioned

Our Bureau

HYDERABAD, May 31

IN a significant development aimed at streamlining the power supply management, the central power distribution company in Andhra Pradesh has commissioned a remote power supply control centre and a communication network supplied by ABB India.

The Rs 32-crore microwave communication-based network along with the SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system set up in the State with the DFID (Department for International Development), U.K. assistance, was commissioned by the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, on Friday.

The project scope encompassed design, supply, erection and commissioning of the SCADA system with a control centre in Hyderabad. The system offers operational advantages by integrating distribution automation functionalities such as automatic, remote meter reading, load balancing, trouble call management to facilitate effective distribution management.

The Chief Minister has also directed efforts to bring down the transmission and distribution losses much ahead of the programmed schedule of March 2003 wherein it was proposed to cut it down to about 10 per cent.

Initially, this facility is expected to cover an area of 1,555 sq km, ensuring power supply to about 10 lakh consumers in the twin cities and the neighbouring municipalities, and enable monitoring the supply online.

The new facility has the capacity to cover 24 sub-stations and can be ramped up to 300 centres. Districts of Ranga Reddy, Ananthapur, Kurnool, Mahbubnagar, Nalgonda and Medak will benefit from this system.

The Government, which has initiated the process to deploy spot billing solutions across the State, has tied up for analog telematics handheld systems which extend cost-effective billing solutions at the consumer doorstep.

The Power Minister, Mr K. Subbarayudu, said that as a part of the initiatives, it was planned to ensure quality supply free of voltage fluctuation to all the consumers and cut down transmission and distribution losses to 10 per cent from the present 31 per cent by March 2003.

The efforts were directed towards initiating a spot billing mechanism, providing facility for consumers to check online various consumer-related information, and launching online payment facility with tie-up with various banks, he said.

The Government, which has embarked on power reforms, has several ongoing externally-aided projects including those supported by the World Bank, DFID and JIDB. This new project for systemic improvement has been developed with DFID grant.

Send this article to Friends by E-Mail

Stories in this Section
Ministry for relook at expenditure data


No givers, no takers
Why should PSUs hold huge reserves: Shourie
We've enough petro product reserves: Naik
Delhi power distribution privatised
MERC orders probe into power crisis
DFID-funded power supply control centre commissioned
Court quashes CBDT order on tax relief to Mauritius FIIs
Single comprehensive law for SSI sector in offing
AP Minister defends water tariff hike
AP: PG medical admissions with 5-year bond
Luxury tax on jewellery awaits TN gazette notification
CII team for China to promote Connected Asia
Green signal for ISRO's plan to create private sector base
Moon mission report
CCD clears 51 pc sell-off in FACT
Sale of 4 ITDC hotels cleared
`WTO no threat to food security'
AP: Aid for artisans
Kanara Chamber open house
Export trend shows diversification to small nations
BIS certification soon for sugar industry
Unaccounted burden


The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | Home |

Copyright 2002, The Hindu Business Line. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu Business Line