Chief minister Hemant Soren (left) and energy minister Rajendra Prasad Singh inaugurate the JSEB data centre in Ranchi on Thursday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Ranchi, Oct.17: Chief minister Hemant Soren today inaugurated a data centre of Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) in the Doranda area of Ranchi, a move that will ensure online energy audit and help monitor power supply.
Lohardaga, with a population of around 47,000 and located some 80km from Ranchi, became the first town to be linked to the data centre that will ultimately help generate timely electricity bills in 30 towns of the state.
Set up at Kusai colony under the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (RAPDRP), the entire project will cost around Rs 232 crore.
Whilst the Centre has pledged Rs 166 crore, the state will provide another Rs 66 crore. The project is to be completed by September 2014.
As per the terms of RAPDRP, the entire sum paid by the Centre would be converted into a loan if the state failed to complete the project in time.
“Due care must be taken to ensure that linkages to 30 towns of Jharkhand with the Ranchi data centre are completed within the due date,” said the chief minister.
He added that due care must be taken to ensure effective use of data generated by the system. The data so generated must be used to ensure continuous power supply to consumers, timely bill generation and make bill payment hassle-free, he added.
JSEB chairman S.N. Verma promised that all the 30 towns would be linked to the Ranchi data centre within March 31 next year, six months ahead of the schedule.
Principal secretary (energy) Vimal Kirti Singh said the data centre would reduce line losses and power thefts, ensure online check of meter readings and eliminate errors in billing and provide facility of online payments to consumers.
“Every meter installed under each transformer in the 30 towns will be linked to the centre. Every unit of power supplied will be counted,” Singh explained.