New proposal sent under RDSS, the new scheme of the Center.
Jharkhand Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (JBVNL) has sent a proposal of 10 thousand crores to the Ministry of Power, Government of India, to improve the power distribution infrastructure in Jharkhand, to provide quality supply and to reduce line losses. Preparations have been started to install pre-paid electricity meters in 15 lakh households of the state. 11 KV LT wires will be converted into AB cable (Aerial Bunch Conductor) and underground cable in residential colonies to eliminate the scope of theft by putting barbs. Let us inform that in August last year itself, the new scheme RDSS (Revamp Distribution Sector Scheme) was launched under the target of installing pre-paid meters in every household by 2025. Under this scheme, a proposal for major changes has been prepared and sent under the power distribution network in the state with the help of the Centre. If the proposal is approved, about 15 lakh pre-paid meters will be installed in the state.
In addition to the 6.5 lakh pre-paid meters being installed in Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Dhanbad, pre-paid meters will be installed. After the recharge is over, the power will automatically turn off. Consumers will be able to use electricity by paying in advance. This will solve the big problem like recovery of electricity bill in the state. At present, about 450 crores of electricity is being supplied, while the revenue in the form of electricity bills is being collected only up to 350 crores. Pre-paid meter will reduce the gap between purchase and sale of electricity. On improving financial health, JBVNL will be able to make timely payments to companies like DVC, TVNL etc.

Pre-paid will also work:-
Pre-paid meter will reduce the difference in electricity purchase and sale.
Timely payment of DBC, TVNL will be done when the financial health improves.
Load shedding being done for two months due to non-payment of dues of DVC.
Capacity of power distribution transformers will be increased.
New transformers to be installed.
Long feeders will be shortened so that faults can be detected sooner.
Electrical equipment to be modernized.
Electricity connection can be given in newly being settled colonies.

EW Correspondent/Jharkhand