Feeder segregation improves rural power supply

Prior to feeder segregation,more than 80% consumers in both Gujarat and Rajasthan complained of low voltage problems

Published: October 6, 2013 1:28 am

Segregating electricity infrastructure for rural agriculture and non-agriculture power consumers — or rural feeder segregation — is improving both the availability and quality of power supply in rural areas.

A standard approach to feeder segregation for all states,however,may not work,according to a new World Bank Report titled “Experience of Rural Load Segregation Scheme in States”. It analysed the cases of Gujarat and Rajasthan — the states with the longest experience in rural feeder segregation — and commissioned a survey of some 4,000 consumers across categories.

According to the survey,prior to feeder segregation,more than 80% consumers in both Gujarat and Rajasthan complained of low voltage problems,which came down to 6% post segregation.

Among agricultural consumers,more than 50% agriculture consumers complained of frequent power outages,which reduced by less than half in both the states.

The report SAYS that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach will not work and that all segregation be evaluated as part of larger improvement programme.

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