The Uttar Pradesh (UP) government is looking at privatising one of its five po
The Uttar Pradesh (UP) government is looking at privatising one of its five power distribution companies (discoms) – Purvanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam (PuVVNL).
This discom, which controls and manages electricity supply in eastern UP, covers two cities with political heft – Varanasi (represented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi) and Gorakhpur (the Assembly constituency of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath).
Senior executives said the power department is planning to privatise PuVNNL to cut losses and improve supply infrastructure.
Varanasi was earlier slated to become the model city for urban power reforms. This included underground cabling, smart metering, and information technology-enabled electricity supply, among others.
Incidentally, UP has the highest discom losses in the country – both financial and operational.
As of March, the total net loss of all five discoms in the state stood at Rs 819 crore, according to the Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) portal.
The state’s average aggregate…