Yogesh Choudhary is managing director, DGVCL, a role he took over last December. A 2016 batch IAS officer, he has served the Gujarat government in various capacities in Bharuch, Jamnagar and now Surat. Before joining the government, he worked with Samsung R&D Institute and Axis Bank.
DGVCL supplies electricity to over 3.3 million consumers in south Gujarat. During the pandemic-induced lockdown, the company took various initiatives to weather the storm. “The company faced a sudden shock in power demand and revenue. Pre-lockdown consumption was around 70 MUs per day, which went down to 30 MUs per day soon after the lockdown was announced. The demand is now back to normal,” says Choudhary.
He takes pride in the fact that feeder losses for all HT consumers and GIDC feeders have been less than 1 per cent. He remarks, “All our HT consumers have been shifted to automatic meter readings (AMR). There are over 4,000 consumers, who are contributing to around 50 per cent of the revenue, and we can directly monitor them. This is why our distribution loss is almost zero. Similarly, losses in industrial and GIDC feeders are below 2 per cent, which are mainly technical losses. Overall, DGVCL has single-digit AT&C losses. The Ministry of Power has rated it with the highest A+ grade, for five consecutive years. We will also shift all LTMD consumers above 40 kW to AMR.”
Choudhary further adds, “We are going to invest in technical infrastructure upgradation such as automatic meters, LT ABC, MVCC and underground network expansion. We have not reduced our capex for this year. In 2019-20, DGVCL’s capex was Rs 8 billion-Rs 9 billion, and it is still the same. Besides, our distribution losses were less than 5 per cent in 2019-20, and we aim to maintain that level in 2020-21. Also, we are geomapping all our assets across all seven districts and have recently started a pilot project for live feeder monitoring to improve power reliability.”
“Providing new connections quickly, ensuring reliable power supply and safety of the public is our utmost priority,” says Choudhary. He adds that the Gujarat government has recently launched a scheme, the Kisan Suryodaya Yojana, to provide daytime power to agricultural consumers.
Choudhary is an electronics and communications engineer from the Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, and has an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University.