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Bhubaneswar, Mar 15 (UNI) The overall Transmission and Distribution (T&D)loss has reduced during 2001-02 to 2005-06, Energy Minister Surya Narayan Patro told the state Assembly today.

Replying to a question of Mr Ranendra Pratap Swain (BJD), the Minister said though T&D loss in absolute term (both quantity and value) during 2005-06 in comparison to 2001-02 has increased but the percentage decreased from 47.5 per cent to 39.6 per cent during the period.

Mr Patro said in 2001-02 the four distribution companies- CESU, NESCO, WESCO and SOUTHCO altogether purchased 10990.3 units of energy and sold 5773.18 units incurring a loss of 47.5 per cent.

But in 2005-06 they purchased 13482.6 units of energy and sold 8144.3 units reducing their T&D loss to 39.6 per cent.

The Minister said the distribution companies had used AB cables, formed de-hooking squads, constructed 33/11kv substations and started energy auditing to reduce the T &D loss.

As many as five special courts and as many special police stations had been created and steps were being taken to set up 29 more police stations to check power theft, the Minister said.

Mr Patro said CESU had spent Rs 7261 lakh in 2007-08, SOUTHCO Rs 1446 lakh, WESCO Rs 3062 lakh during 2005-06 and 2006-07 and NESCO Rs 2712 lakh to reduce the T&D loss.

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