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Maharashtra govt to conduct special audit of its power companies

Maharashtra govt to conduct special audit of its power companies
Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, in the Assembly, said on Friday the total debt of Mahagenco, Mahatransco and Mahadiscom stood at Rs 55,058 crore.

“We will conduct a special audit of these generation, transmission and distribution companies and prepare a milestone chart to complete the projects on time, while work orders with high rates would be scrapped,” he said.

On allegations of corruption in the power companies and Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil’s demand for a CBI probe, the Minister said he would seek details in this regard and take action accordingly.

Due to the shortage of coal in the past two years, projects worth 1,805 MW have been shut down, while private projects worth 1,506 MW, including the Ratnagiri power project at Dabhol, are non-functional due to the failure of the execution of the power purchase agreement (PPA), Bawankule said.

“We’ll discuss with Mahagenco and NTPC how to revive the projects. Similarly, a scheme is being prepared to set up sewage water treatment plants to supply water to the power projects,” he said.
To tackle transmission and distribution losses, pre-paid meters would be installed and efforts would be made to bring losses to 15-16% by 2015-16, he said.

There are 12,000 villages with no feeder connection that experience heavy load-shedding.

“We will take up feeder separation programme and a proposal has been sent to the Centre for financial assistance. In the second phase, over 14,000 villages with single feeder would be taken up,” he said.
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