New Delhi, Jul 31 (UNI) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved the continuation of Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (APDRP) worth Rs 51,577 crore during the XI Plan, but with revised terms and conditions.
Now the focus of the programme will be on establishment of baseline data and fixation of accountability, besides reduction of Aggregate Technical&Commercial (AT&C) losses and adoption of information technology, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said addressing mediapersons after the CCEA meeting.
Project area will be towns and cities with population of more than 30,000 (10,000 in case of special category states), while rural areas with heavy loads requiring feeder segregation may also be included in the project areas.
Projects under the scheme will be taken up in two parts, where part-A will include the projects for establishment of baseline data and IT applications for energy accounting/auditing and IT-based consumer service centres.
The Part-B will include regular distribution strengthening projects.
Initially, the government will provide 100 per cent funds for Part A and 25 per cent funds for Part B projects.
The entire amount of loan and interest for Part-A projects will be converted into grant once the establishment of the required Baseline data system is achieved and verified by an independent agency.
Up to 50 per cent (90 per cent for special category States) loan and interest of Part-B projects will be converted into grant in five equal tranches on achieving the 15 per cent AT &C loss in the project area on a sustainable basis for a period of five years.
If the utility fails to achieve or sustain the 15 per cent AT &C loss target in a particular year, that year's tranche of conversion of loan to grant will be reduced in proportion to the shortfall in achieving 15 per cent AT &C loss target from the starting AT &C loss figure.
An amount equivalent to two per cent of the grant for Part-B projects is proposed as incentive of utility staff in project areas, where AT &C loss levels are brought below 15 per cent.
Participation of the private utilities in APDRP would be reviewed after a period of two years from the date of sanction of the re-structured APDRP during XI Plan by the CCEA.
A steering committee under Power Secretary will sanction projects and monitor the implementation of the scheme.
PFC will be the nodal agency to operationalise the programme.
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