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Holes In The Bucket

Holes In The Bucket
Holes In The Bucket
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THE country lost an estimated revenue of Rs 5,000 crore between 1990-91 and 1992-93due to transmission and distribution (T&D) losses, nearly Rs 1,700 crore per year. Maharashtra lost the highest, Rs 775 crore, followed by Rs 500 crore each in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. Things may have worsened in subsequent years. All-India T&D losses have been on the rise from 17.6 per cent in 1970-71 to 20.6 per cent in 1980-81 to the present level of around 22-23 per cent (globally, 10 per cent is the figure considered acceptable).

Perhaps the single most important factor responsible for high T&D losses is the lack of adequate investment in the T&D systems. After growing by nearly 20 per cent per annum between 1950 and 1970, T&D lines grew by only 8 per cent a year in the '80s and a miserly 1 per cent per annum in the early '90s. The Rajadhyaksha Committee on Power (1980) has urged that T&D, including rural electrification, should receive about 50 per cent of the total allocation of the power sector, but the Eighth Plan accords it only...

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