Chandigarh: The Haryana Power Distribution Corporations on Thursday said it has proposed to increase the duration of power supply to up to 20 hours in rural areas, similar to urban regions, if villagers take steps, including taking regular power connection, to cut down losses.

This offer has been made in order to bring down the discoms' aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) losses, which are at present more than 40 percent in rural areas.

To get power supply on urban mode, the villagers are required to ensure that each house in the village takes a regular power connection, Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam CMD Devender Singh said.

He added they have to ensure that all meters are relocated outside the houses on outer walls or poles, and all damaged and old mechanical meters are replaced with new electronic meters.

If village Panchayats request, the Nigams will also organise camps in villages to give on-the-spot connections in the houses having no regular power supply, Singh said.

All damaged and old meters would be replaced on days of the camps. However, no theft case would be framed on finding any type of irregularity in the meters on the day of camp, but the irregularities would be corrected, he said.

Under this offer, villagers could get power supply for 14 hours per day to 20 hours per day.


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