BANGALORE: Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL) on Friday stated that it has been able to reduce transmission losses to 3.82 per cent in 2010-11 from 4.20 per cent in 2009-10.
Appearing before the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) in order to defend its application for a tariff hike of 73 paise, KPTCL MD Ravi Kumar said, “We shall further reduce losses. Our reliability in 2011-12 was 99.84 per cent successful.”
Asking for the KERC to implement infrastructure reforms in the state which are currently being stalled due to forest clearances or local land issues, Ravi Kumar listed out around 10 projects which are put on hold.
“Quality power supply to end consumers gets affected as a result since transmission lines are over burdened,” he said.
Chairman of the KERC, MR Sreenivasa Murthy, criticized state power generator KPCL for not approaching the issue of Available Based Tariff (ABT) scheduling, seriously.
This was due to Ravi Kumar’s submission that the generating stations were not sharing information with Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited about ABT Scheduling.
“If generating stations do not inform us about Available Based Tariff schedules, we will not know which ESCOM draws how much power over the limit at peak hours. The units are not complying even though the commission has made Intra-State ABT compulsory,” he said.
After Wednesday’s tariff hike petition filed by Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) was heard by the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission, Friday’s hearing saw lessened participation.