Punjab

IT wing of PSPCL brought laurels; achieved online billing conversion system before time

IT wing of PSPCL brought laurels; achieved online billing conversion system before time

Kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in

The hard work and devotion of the information technology  wing of the PSPCL has  successfully shifted all 97 offline billing towns to online billing as planned under integrated power development scheme (IPDS) in scheduled time period in spite of the Covid 19 pandemic and other inevitable reasons.

CMD PSPCL  A. Venu Prasad   and director distribution  Er. DPS Grewal has appreciated the  hard work, devotion and outstanding contribution of   the information technology team for the achievement of the success of the project in scheduled time period.

IT wing of PSPCL brought laurels; achieved online billing conversion system before time
PSPCL CMD A Venu Prasad IAS

In a message CMD PSPCL  A. Venu Prasad   and director distribution  Er. DPS Grewal said   that with the completion of the  97 online billing towns  will facilitate in improving the consumer services and  it would also  help PSPCL to analyze feeder wise AT&C losses to plug losses and revenue leakage thereby reducing the overall cost of supply to consumers.

Spokesman of the PSPCL disclosed that IPDS IT implementation project is a govt.  funded project sanctioned for Rs 73.28 crores. Its main aim is to implement IT infrastructure in PSPCL offices and grids in 97 towns of Punjab. The main advantage to PSPCL under IPDS is shifting of billing of 97 no. Non-SAP Towns with consumers between 5000 to 30000 to an online billing system commonly known as SAP system.  Spokesman added that It was targeted to be completed by  march 31,2021 but the whole project was delayed in 2020 due to various reasons.

IT wing of PSPCL brought laurels; achieved online billing conversion system before time
PSPCL Director Daljit Inder Pal Singh Grewal

Spokesman also added  that even after the 45 days lockdown from march to may 2020, the govt. regulations only allowed 50 % staff and IT organization staff seating arrangement being in a common hall resulted in many positive cases of Covid-19 in IT Organization of PSPCL hampering the progress such that no town was made “Go-Live” till end Sept*.

In October 2020 with only six months to go for completion of the project, the project was given a new leash of life under able leadership of CMD/PSPCL  A.Venu Prasad and valuable guidance of director distribution PSPCL Er.DPS Grewal , who laid emphasis on looking for out of box solutions . As a result now the focus of IT team was shifted to how things could be done in an expeditious manner.

In Dec 2020 project picked up speed after resolution of various contractual issues with project management agency and other vendors and  four more towns were made ‘Go Live’. In  January, 7 more Towns were made Go Live.

As a result of the special drive by the management, all 97 offline billing towns have been migrated to an online billing system. The whole IT team has synergized its efforts and energy  to meet the deadline of 31st March 2021 even though PFC has conveyed extension in timeline to 30/06/2021

April 2,2021

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