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The Government of West Bengal unbundled the erstwhile West Bengal State Electricity Board (WBSEB) into two companies viz., West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) and West Bengal State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (WBSETCL).
The main business of WBSEDCL is distribution and hydro generation of electricity. It is also the nodal Agency of the Government of West Bengal for undertaking Rural Electrification task in the State with objective of providing access of electricity to all rural households in the state in line with the National Rural Electrification Policy.
The Company is managed by a Board of Directors comprising ten members out of which six are Executive Directors including Chairman & Managing Director. Besides one Woman Director and three Independent Directors constitute the Board.
Over the years, WBSEDCL has been continually evolving to position itself as a leading Power Utility services organization of the Country. In the changing landscape, post recent global slowdown, it is anticipated that demand for electricity will change rapidly and expectations will also increase exponentially. WBSEDCL continually strives to enhance the quality of services delivered to its customers. WBSEDCL provides quality power to a gargantuan customer base of more than 1.68 crore across West Bengal through its service network spanning 5 Zones, 19 Regional Offices, 70 Distribution Divisions and 505 Customer Care Centers.
These are indeed exciting times for the Company, given its rapid progression from providing engineering solutions, to solving complex customer challenges, to providing innovative solutions. WBSEDCL has implemented Enterprise Resource Planning – SAP in Financial Accounting & Control, Material Management, HR with Payroll, Plant Maintenance and Project System.
After successful implementation of Purulia Pumped Stotage Project in 10th Plan period with a capacity of 900 MW hydel power, the Company has taken up the ambitious plan of implementing Turga Pumped Storage Project in the 13th Plan period with installed capacity of 4 x 250 MW.
For solving complex customer challenges and for providing more efficient service to the consumers, a Project titled Integrated Power Development Scheme for strengthening of sub transmission and Distribution networks, metering of Distribution transformers etc. in the urban areas has been undertaken. A programme for system improvement under Sech Bandhu Scheme has also been conceived for rural areas.
WBSEDCL is innovating and embarking upon an IT-enabled system across the organisation to ensure greater engineering predictability and to position itself into the best utility in the country in terms of customer service, efficiency and financial viability.