As part of the Power Sector Reforms Process,
the Electricity Department had also initiated steps to unbundle and corporatise its
sanction of PFC for awarding ITIA contract
Appointment of IT
implementing Agency (LOA)
RE-STRUCTURED ACCELERATED POWER DEVELOPMENT
The Accelerated Power Development and Reform Programme (APDRP) was
first contemplated by the Government of India during the year 2002-2003. The main
objectives of the APDRP scheme is to improve the financial viability of the state power
utilities/boards, reduce Transmission and Distribution (T&D) losses, improve
reliability, quality and availability of power supply, introduce systems approach
with MIS. The APDRP also aims at bringing transparency in operations of the power
utilities through IT implementation and thereby improve consumer satisfaction.
The scheme was further modified during the XI Plan as
"Re-structured Accelerated Power Development and Reform Programme (R-APDRP)"
with the aim of restoring the commercial viability of the distribution sector by putting
in place appropriate mechanism so as to substantially reduce the Aggregate Technical and
Commercial (AT&C) losses. In the first instance, the R-APDRP seeks to address the
issue of building the baseline data including meter data acquisition. After ascertaining
the AT&C losses, the issue of power system upgradation and modernisation is taken up.
Highlights of the programme are:
The focus of the programme is on actual, demonstrable performance
in terms of sustained loss reduction.
Establishment of reliable and automated systems for sustained
collection of accurate base line data and adoption of IT in the areas of energy accounting
are necessary preconditions for the sanction of projects.
The programme will cover all urban areas, cities and towns with a
population of more than 30,000 (10,000 in case of special category states)
The projects under the programme will be executed in two parts as
Part-A: Preparation of Base-Line Data for the project area
covering Consumer Indexing, GIS Mapping, Metering of distribution transformers and feeders
and Automatic Data Logging for all distribution transformers and feeders and SCADA/DMS
system (only in the project area having more than 4 lakhs population and annual input
energy of the order of 350 Million Units). It would include Asset Mapping of the entire
distribution network at and below the 11 KV Transformers and include the distribution
transformers and feeders, L.T lines, poles and other distribution Network equipment. It
will also include adoption of Information Technology application for meter reading,
billing and collection; energy accounting and auditing; MIS; redressal of consumer
grievances, establishment of Information Technology enabled consumer service centers etc.
The base line data and required system shall be verified by an independent agency
appointed by Ministry of Power.
Part-B: Renovation, Modernization and strengthening of 11
KV level Sub-Stations, Transformers/Transformer centers, Re-conductoring of lines at 11 KV
level and below, load bifurcation, feeder separation, load balancing, HVDS (11KV), Aerial
Bunched conductoring in dense areas, replacement of electro-magnetic energy meters with
tamper proof electronics meters, installation of capacitor banks and mobile service
centers etc. In exceptional cases, where Sub-Transmission system is weak, strengthening at
33 KV or 66 KV levels may also be considered.
For projects undertaken under Part-A, 100% funding will be
provided for the approved projects through loan from the Government of India. The loan
shall be converted into grant once the establishment of the required system is completed
within three years from the date of sanctioning and verified by an independent agency.
For projects sanctioned under Part-B, conversion of the loan into
grant will take place yearly based on the AT&C losses of the project area duly
verified by the Independent agency appointed by the Ministry of Power.
The scheme also envisages incentive for the staff of the power
utilities in towns where AT&C losses are brought below 15%.
The Power Finance Corporation is appointed as the nodal agency
for operation and implementation of the programme under the guidance of Ministry of
Detailed Project Report for Union Territory of Puducherry
Detailed Project Report:
In order to avail loan under the R-APDRP scheme, the Electricity Department had
submitted four Detailed Project Reports (DPR) for the four towns of Puducherry, Karaikal,
Mahe and Yanam which are eligible as per the R-APDRP norms. The DPR submitted by the Union
Territory of Puducherry, were taken up for consideration during the 17th meeting of the
Steering committee of Ministry of Power held on 19-03-2010 at New Delhi. The Steering
committee after scrutiny had approved a total loan amount of Rs 27.53 Crores towards the
four projects for the four towns under part-A of the R-APDRP. The PFC had
subsequently revised the project cost to Rs.15.01 crores. The
approved cost and Revised sanction details are given below:
||Name of the Town
||Approved Project Cost (Cr)
||Revised sanction by PFC
SRS Document Template:
|DATA CENTER AT CHENNAI
the huge cost involved in setting up and maintaining the data center (DC) and disaster
recovery (DR) for the Union Territory of Puducherry, the Government of India, Ministry of
Power has decided to have a common DC/DR for TNEB and Puducherry on cost sharing basis at
Chennai. The ITIA shall carry out the implementation of project accordingly.
In order to curtail the technical and commercial losses and to make
the distribution business sustainable for the power utilities, IT applications were
proposed to be implemented in the power sector on an integrated platform. The IT platform
shall assist in capturing and validating the power system, consumer, energy, billing and
revenue data in a transparent manner with accuracy. However many of the power utilities
have limited expertise in IT implementation. Hence the Government of India, Ministry of
Power had devised a common SRS template document to be used by all the power
utilites to address the need of IT implementation in the area of distribution business.
This SRS template specification intends to cover the activities, services and works in
respect of successful set up of IT infrastructure for collection of baseline data for
energy and revenue in the identified scheme areas and setting up of customer care center
in the towns along with supply, installation, testing and commissioning of all necessary
hardware, software and managing the facilities created under the scope of this scheme for
a period of 5 years after successful completion of acceptance test of hardware and
software. The project components and detailed scope of work as specified in the SRS
document is furnished below:
||Scope of work
The scope of work under this contract covers setting up of IT infrastructure for
collection of baseline energy and revenue data of the identified towns and setting up of
customer care center therein. The scope covers setting up of IT infrastructure at data
center & DR Center, call centers and other offices of utility, which would form the
platform for subsequent automation. This activity shall comprise fulfillment of the
||Establishment of data center & Disaster Recovery center at identified
||Establishment of customer care centers at identified location
||Set up the Local Area Network and Wide Area Network
||Procurement & Installation of PCs, Servers, and associated hardware
||Creation of necessary IT infrastructure including LAN for identified
Subdivision, division, Circle, Headquarter offices, Data centers, DR Centre and Customer
||Integration of the entire IT infrastructure under the scope of this
document as well as legacy systems, if any
Supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance of all necessary hardware and
networking equipments and its connectivity as specified in the detailed specification. As
a part of the project, the vendor should procure the required hardware and build the
infrastructure as detailed in the Specifications. The vendor shall take the responsibility
to install the servers, switches, routers, backup and tape devices, Workstation PCs, and
other necessary hardware/software at the sites defined in the bid proposal sheet. The
Vendor shall give the time frame for procuring and delivering all the necessary hardware.
Though the scope covers establishment of a common data center & DR center along with
associated hardware and software for selected towns, the bidder shall design and provide
the hardware at data center & DR Center with suitable expandability for covering the
entire utility area at a later date (Utility will specify the total consumer and asset
base ) along with a 7.5% per annum growth in consumer and asset base for next five years.
The scope of work covers supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance of LAN at
datacenter, Customer care centers, Sub division, division, Circle, Head Quarter and any
other office of the utility as per their requirement along with creation of VPN/ MPLS
based WAN solution. The vendor shall also provide the necessary drawings nd plan for
installation, sizing, cabling and connectivity and the bill of material for the networking
of all the locations specified herein.
||GIS System Software and maps
Supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance of GIS software and latest satellites
imagery maps for GIS based customer indexing and asset mapping in the specified town. The
successful bidder shall provide the maps along with the certificate and rights in favour
of owner from the source that these are the latest as on date of purchase which should be
later to award date. The bidder should specify clearly the licensed software he proposes
to use for the package.
||DGPS Survey and Indexing work
Carrying out the necessary DGPS survey and creation of GIS based customer indexing and
asset database as specified in detailed specification.
||Meter data acquisition system
Supply of necessary hardware, software and communication equipment in the Substations, DTs
and select consumers in the towns for the purpose of centralized meter data logging.
Supply, installation and commissioning of Operating Systems at Server/Desktops, Database
and application software along with source code (only for customized software solutions)
and functionalities covering application modules like Energy Audit, Data Acquisition, New
Connection, Disconnection, Vigilance and Dismantling, MIS, GIS network management module
with electrical network diagram of system further as detailed in the bid proposal sheet.
The vendor has to supply necessary software solution for metering, billing, collection
(MBC) if the same is not available with the utility. In case the required MBC and other
standalone software solutions are already in place, the vendor has to integrate the same
with the offered solution including design and supply of necessary middleware. Moreover
the vendor has to link the GIS based customer index created by him to the existing
customers etc. The bidder shall quote the unit price for additional licenses for database,
standard application software, antivirus solution etc. (whether per processor license
basis or per user license basis) for meeting the future requirement of utility.
The scope includes the Development of Web portal of utility for real time customer
||Supply, installation and commissioning of automatic token
dispenser machine and intelligent display management system at customer care centers.
||Supply, installation and commissioning of Touch Panel based
KIOSK for furnishing information on billing, payment, duplicate bills etc at customer care
||Supply, installation and commissioning of cash/cheque
collection Kiosk for automatically accepting cash and cheque payments from customers, to
be installed at utility offices, customer care centers and any other location as per the
||Supply and installation of Point of Sale (PoS) terminals along
with suitable cheque reader and bar code reader and application software to be deployed at
payment collection centers.
||Facility management services for IT infrastructure created for
a period of 5 years and Annual Maintenance Contract of 2 years after expiry of warranty
period of 3 years by the consortium partner/equipment supplier.
||The bidder shall submit offers for project components on
turnkey basis for continuous and successful operation of the offered solution.
||The proposed solution must efficiently enable all required
interfaces and integration, including integration with the existing software as detailed
in existing IT infrastructure.
||The proposed solution must also consider the following
overarching functional requirements, analytical tools and capabilities :
||The vendor has to establish a disaster recovery center at the
location specified by utility which should operate based on RTO & RPO defined in
detailed technical specification.
||Status of the work
Approval of the Government of Puducherry has been obtained vide G.O. Ms. No. 4, dt. 13-01-2011 to avail the loan and the Government of Puducherry has conveyed the acceptance of loan to the Power Finance Corporation, New Delhi vide Lr. No 19-2/FD(W&M)/2011, dated 21/01/2011. As per the decision taken in the 11th steering committee of the Ministry of Power, it was proposed to share the Data Centre and Data Recovery Centre with Tamil Nadu. Accordingly approval of the Government of Puducherry was obtained vide G.O. Ms. No. 28, dt. 28-10-2009. It was also decided to utilize the services of same IT Implementing Agency (ITIA) engaged by Tamil Nadu viz., M/s ITI, Bangalore in consortium with M/s Navayuga Infotech Pvt. Ltd., as same data centre and common solution stack are being shared by Puducherry
in the meeting convened in the chamber of the Secretary to Government
(Power) on 02-12-2010.
Based on the decision taken in the steering committee, the Power Finance Corporation had revised the sanctioned amount vide Lr. No. 02:10:R-APDRP(P-A):2010: Puducherry, dated 09-11-2011 to
Rs.15.01 Crores. Approval of the Government of Puducherry has been obtained vide the Order No.19-2/FD(W&M)/2011-12, dt. 10-02-2012 to avail the revised amount of loan of
Rs.15.01 Crores and to award the work to the ITIA. Accordingly, Letter of Award (LoA) to the ITIA M/s ITI, Bangalore in consortium with M/s Navayuga Infotech Pvt. Ltd. has been issued vide LoA No.331/ED/SE-I/Comp/R-APDRP/ITIA/LOA/2011-2012, dt. 24-02-2012. An amount of
Rs.4.5 Crores being the 30% first tranche of loan was availed on 31-03-2012
and 10 % advance amount of
Rs.1.13 crores was released to the ITIA on 07-06-2012.
The current status of the work under R-ADPRP as on 4th March
2013 are as follows:
a. Data Centre:
Centre building is ready at TANGEDCO, Chennai and Hardware such as
end-end servers, UPS have been procured. Installation is under progress.
Servers for Puducherry Electricity Department are yet to be installed
b. Installation of system meters:
Open tender for procurement of AMR compatible meters under R-APDRP has
been floated and the bids have been opened. The sample meters have been
requested from the lowest bidder and the same has been tested in the
laboratory of the Department. AMR compatible Meters for HT consumers and
Distribution Transformers have been tested in the Laboratory of the
Department and Supply Orders have been placed. Based on the supply
order, the firm has tendered for inspection on 4th March
2013. On receipt of the meters, installation of the meters would be
initiated by the end of March 2013. The tender for supply of AMR
compatible meters for Ring Fencing and Feeders are proposed to be placed
on lower tender basis to M/s Secure Meters and as soon as the meters are
tested and parameters are verified the Provisional Supply order be would
be placed likely by the end of March 2013.
c. GIS activities:
The survey for Consumer indexing and Asset mapping has been completed in all
the four project areas. However, the updation works for the towns till
go-live is to be taken up by the IT Implementing agency.
d. Metering, Billing and Collection (MBC):Customization of MBC module is under progress.
e. Customer Care Centre and Call Centre: The infrastructure works for this facility has been completed in all respects.
The setting up of equipments is to be taken up by the IT Implementing agency.
f. Ring fencing:
All the three ring fencing points in Puducherry town and two ring
fencing points in Karaikal have been completed. The same has been
informed to M/s ICRA Management Consulting Services Ltd., (IMaCS) who
have agreed to inspect the ring fencing points on Wednesday. After
inspection, the billing data would be furnished.
g. Part – B DPR and SCADA:
The steering committee has approved the DPRs for Part B and Part A SCADA
DPR for Puducherry. The approval of the Government of Puducherry is
proposed to be obtained for availing the loans. On receipt of approval
from the Government, acceptance letter would be furnished and loan would
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