Haryana: Ashok Lavasa appointed member of APDRP

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Chandigarh, Oct 12: Haryana Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary (Power), Mr Ashok Lavasa has been appointed as a member of the Steering Committee for implementation of Restructed Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (APDRP) in the XIth Five Year Plan.

Mr Lavasa's term is for a period of one year. The committee is headed by Union Power Secretary, Mr Anil Razdan. Director (Distribution), Union Ministry of Power will be the convenor of the committee.

A spokesman for the Haryana Power Utilities said here today that Mr Lavasa's appointment, Haryana will have a strong representation in the steering committee.

The other members of the committee will be Chairperson, Central Electricity Authority, Principal Advisor (Energy), Planning Commission, Joint Secretary (PF-II), Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure), Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Power Finance Corporation, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Rural Electrification Corporation, Managing Director, West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd, Chairman, Tamil Nadu Electricity Board, Managing Director, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd, Joint Secretary and Financial Advisor, Ministry of Power and Joint Secretary (Distribution), Ministry of Power.

The committee will approve the guidelines for operationalisation of various components of the APDRP, including the approval of the charges to be paid to the nodal agency, sanction projects, including modification of revision of estimates; monitor and review the implementation of the Programme.

It will also approve and saction activities to be taken up by the Union Power Ministry under Part C of the scheme; which involves appointing agencies for verification and validation of base-line data systems and for verifying the fulfillment of programme conditions by utilities and approve conversion of loan into grant upon fulfillment of the necessary conditions.

Power Finance Corporation will be the nodal agency for APDRP in XIth plan. It will provide manpower, material and other logistic support to the Committee for smooth implementation of the programme.
Besides this, the DHBVN plans to augment and renovate the distribution system in Gurgaon town at a cost of Rs 200 crore. It plans to bifurcate 60 overloaded and lengthier feeders of 11 KV level, including 12 industrial feeders, into the feeders of proper load and length under different schemes. The feeder bifurcation scheme includes replacement of the old and worn out undersized conductor on lines. Aerial bunched cable (ABC) would be used for safety where right of way for overhead conductor is not available. The existing 11 KV lines will be extended to take close to the load centre so that power supply is available at proper voltage even at tails of feeders.

Under the plan for Gurgaon, each feeder having load of more than 150 ampere and length more than the standard will be divided into two or three feeders. While dividing the feeders, their complete system would be overhauled and additional distribution transformers will be set up as per requirement.

Loading on the distribution transformers will be kept under check and in case of a transformer getting overloaded, a transformer of higher capacity will be installed to cope with the load. Load equal to less than 70 per cent of the capacity would be put on a transformer, thus, keeping 30 per cent safety part.

UNI

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