New Delhi, India --- (METERING.COM) --- August 5, 2009 - India’s power sector reform program has been given a boost with a budgetary increase of 160 percent over the previous year to Rs2,080 crore (US$439.5 million).

India’s Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Program (R-APDRP) is focussed on sustained loss reduction, establishment of reliable automated systems for sustained baseline data collection, and the adoption of information technology in the areas of energy accounting.

“The APDRP is an important scheme for reducing the gap between power demand and supply,” said finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, announcing the increase in his budget speech last month.
 
A key goal is to reduce the aggregate technical and commercial losses from the current levels of around 35 percent to less than 15 percent.

It is proposed that the R-APDRP will cover towns and cities with population of more than 30,000 (10,000 in case of special category states, i.e. all north east states, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir), as well as certain high load density rural areas.

Projects under the scheme are being taken up in two parts. Part A includes projects for the establishment of baseline data and IT applications for energy accounting/auditing and IT-based consumer service centers. Part B projects will strengthen the distribution network, including substations, transformers and lines.

The R-APDRP was approved in September 2008 and will run during the XI five-year development plan.

The nodal agency for the R-APDRP is the Power Finance Corporation under the guidance of the Ministry of Power.