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Govt to use AB cables to check power theft

Govt to use AB cables to check power theftKolkata: Taking a major step to check power theft, the state Power department has decided to use aerial bunched (AB) cable for overhead wiring. Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, the state Power minister, said: "100 such places have been identified, where power theft is rampant. Initially, AB cable will be used in these areas." It may be mentioned that the aggregate technical and commercial (ATC) loss will get reduced with the use of AB cable and at the same time, the quality of power supply will also get improved. It has been assessed that power theft in these areas leads to an annual loss of Rs 1,000 crore for the state Power department. So, all necessary steps have been taken to use AB cable in all such places, as early as possible. The state Power department has taken steps for underground laying of cables in parts of the state. Already, there are no overhead wires to be seen in Nabadwip and Bolpur. There are 77 such cities, where the same work will be carried out. The total number of commercial consumers at present has increased to 15.93 lakh, which was 8.88 lakh in 2011. Similarly, the number of industrial consumers has increased to 1 lakh, from 78,074 in 2011. The number of agricultural consumers has also increased to 2.86 lakh, from 1.44 lakh in 2011.

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