West Bengal State Electricity Board

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West Bengal State Electricity Board (WBSEB) was a state owned electricity regulation board in West Bengal in India. It was formed on 1 May 1955 and dissolved on 31 March 2007. It has now been restructured and split into two companies namely West Bengal State Electricity Transmission Company (WBSETCL) and West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company (WBSEDCL).[1] The split came into effect on 01.04.2007 under the provisions of West Bengal Power Reform Scheme, 2007.

WBSETCL is responsible for transmitting power at 66 kV, 132 kV, 220 kV and 400 kV in the state of West Bengal. WBSETCL achieved the Best Power Availability Award (Gold Shield) for the year 2007–2008 as a transmission licensee in India from Ministry of Power Government of India.

WBSEDCL is responsible for distributing power in the state of power at 33 kV level and below. West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited has come into effect from 1 April 2007 after restructuring of erstwhile West Bengal State Electricity Board in compliance of Electricity Act 2003. WBSEDCL is a major power utility of the state with consumer strength over 1.29 crore. 5 zones, 17 regional offices, 64 distribution divisions and 484 customer care centers make up the backbone to the power distribution system of the state. WBSEDCL has been recently adjudged "Power India 2008 excellence award" for undertaking Power Sector Reform Initiatives. It is divided into 5 zones: Kolkata, Burdwan, Midnapore, Berhampore and Siliguri.

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West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited

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