Arial Bunch Conductor to control power theft

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Lucknow, May 7 (UNI) To check power theft in densely populated cities and areas, the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) have prepared an action plan for implementation of Arial Bunch Conductor (ABC).

As per the scheme, 11,500 km ABC would be installed in the Power Distribution Corporations this year that would cost around Rs 460 crores.

Thirty per cent of this fund would be contributed by the state government, while the remaining amount would be taken as loan from Power Finance Corporation and Rural Electrification Corporation, sources said.

The information was given by Joint Director, UPPCL, Avneesh Awasthi, following a meet with state Power Minister Ramveer Upadhyay here late yesterday.

A target of 3,000 km ABC installation had been fixed for Meerut discom, followed by Agra and Varanasi 2,500 km, Lucknow 2,000 km and 1500 km for Kanpur Electricity Supply Company (KESCO).

The Power Minister also directed the UPPCL Joint Director to ensure effective steps on power theft. Besides, he warned of severe action against the Discoms' Managing Directors on non-completion of the work.

According to the sources, besides controlling power theft, the ABC would fetch an additional revenue of Rs 189 crore. While, the expenses on its installation would be recovered in 30 months duration.


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