Bhopal: In a bid to check the problems of power pilferage in Madhya Pradesh, a team of research officials from State Electricity Board and Power Distribution Companies is on a tour to South Africa to learn preventive measures to restrict such illegal acts.

The state government aims at bringing the levels of transmission loss to zero levels in the coming days.

The state government has set up 112 Special Courts in this direction. Moreover, it is also planning to form special electricity stations that will look after the issues of power theft and wastage.

Armoured cables have been installed to ensure restriction in the illegal use of electricity especially in the areas witnessing maximum power pilferage.

Vigilance teams in various power companies have also been formed to keep a tab on such illegal activities.

In a bid to encourage the power sector in MP, the state government has also taken financial support from Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan.

Due to good rainfall this year, the power demand for Rabi crops is expected to be around 9, 000 megawatt. According to the government sources, the state is ready to meet the power demand of agriculture sector.

Madhya Pradesh stands at second position in the transmission loss in the country.

According to the official data, the level of transmission loss during 2010-2011 has reduced to 3.68 percent which is half the loss figure of 7.93 percent during 2002-2003. Presently the capacity of Transmission and Distribution (T&D) in the state has increased from 4,700 megawatt to 8,900 megawatt.