Project Monitoring Agency (PMA) - Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS)
The Power & Electricity Department, Govt. of Mizoram, appointed Eternity Partners LLP as its Project Monitoring Agency (PMA) for implementation of Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) in the State of Mizoram.
Introduction to IPDS:
- 1. Distribution is the most critical segment of the electricity business chain. The real challenge in the power sector today lies in efficient management of the distribution sector. Availability of a robust sub-transmission and distribution network, along with adequate metering arrangements is the need of the day for efficient management of the distribution system.
- 2. Electricity is the key ingredient for accelerated economic growth and is considered vital for nation’s overall development. Providing reliable and quality power supply in an efficient manner is an immediate requirement of the day. Amongst the three major layers of Power Sector, i.e. Generation, Transmission and Distribution, the Distribution Sector has direct interface with the end consumers and is largely accountable for consumer satisfaction and also for flow of revenues in the entire value chain of Power Sector. Thus, Distribution Sector plays a significant role in sustenance as well as growth of the Power Sector.
- 3. There is a consistent increase in electricity demand, particularly in urban areas, due to increase in customer base, changes in lifestyle and consumption pattern, which requires continual upgrade and creation of infrastructure for electricity distribution. However, the poor financial health of the distribution utilities has resulted in inadequate investment in the distribution network.
- 4. The Government of India has been providing support to State owned Discoms/Power Departments by extending financial assistance through various programmes. However, the State owned Discoms/Power Departments have not been able to keep pace with the growth in demand of electricity, resulting in critical gaps/missing links in the sub-transmission and distribution network. The sub-transmission and distribution network has therefore become a bottleneck in ensuring reliable and quality power supply to the consumers.
- 5. Apart from bridging the gaps in the requisite distribution infrastructure, there is also a need to focus on metering of consumers. End-to-end metering is a vital need of the power sector. Effective metering of all consumers will ensure proper accounting, billing, load pattern assessment and planning of infrastructure required. It also helps in identifying high loss pockets so as to initiate remedial measures towards reduction of losses.
- 6. Keeping in view the present financial condition of Discoms/Power Dept., GoI has launched the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) to extend financial assistance against capital expenditure to address the gaps in sub-transmission and distribution network and metering in urban areas to supplement the resources of DISCOMs/Power Dept.
For more information on IPDS, please visit www.ipds.gov.in
Scope of work:
- 1. Project Formulation:
- a. Preparation of Need Assessment Document.
- b. Formulation of DPR’s.
- 2. Monitoring and coordination of bidding process:
- a. Assist utilities in preparation of tender documents for appointment of turnkey contractor.
- b. Assist utilities in bidding process (including pre bid meetings, etc.) and technical evaluation of bids.
- c. Assist the utilities for placement of Letter of Award and related activities.
- 3. Project Planning and Implementation:
- a. Assisting Discoms in preparation of detailed work implementation schedule in association with turnkey contractor
- b. Coordination & monitoring of project implementation activities.
- c. To monitor DPR wise monthly physical & financial progress of the scheme, prepare a consolidated report & submit to utility for onward submission to Nodal Agency.
- d. Identification of anticipated bottlenecks in project implementation & preparation of remedial action plan in consultation with utilities & project implementing agency (contractor).
- e. To assist utilities in addition of the created assets to their asset register.
- f. Recommend the claim of utility for fund release from Nodal Agency. The recommendation is to be supported by a report on expenditure, progress and constraints if any for timely completion of project.
- g. Submit a report to Nodal Agency, regarding Project Completion and expenditure incurred along with recommendation in accordance with the guidelines.
- h. To assist utility in supervision of flow of funds in dedicated bank account of projects.
- 4. Quality Monitoring:
- a. To prepare a Quality Assurance (QA) Plan with the approval of the utility.
- b. To carry out field quality inspection of ongoing/ completed works .
- c. Joint inspection (along with representative of state utility) of material at site on sample basis i.e. 10% of major materials (Poles, Conductor, Meters, Transformers, Cable).
- 5. MIS & Web Portal update:
- a. Assisting utilities in timely update of information on utility / Nodal Agency Web Portal.
- b. Periodic reporting to the Project Management Cell of utility
- c. Compilation and analysis of utility level AT&C data on quarterly basis.
- d. Any other works as may be required to achieve the objectives of the scheme.
- 6. Coordination with Nodal Agency/ MoP and any other works as may be required to achieve the objectives of the scheme.