DRUM Project

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with the Ministry of Power (MoP),Government of India conceived an innovative program aimed at accelerating the pace of reform in India 's electricity distribution sector with a special focus on improving the nation's rural energy supply situation. The goal of the Distribution Reform, Upgrades and Management (DRUM) Project is to improve the quality of electricity services in India .While it will focus on the entire distribution sector, DRUM views rural electrification as key to a sustainable solution for India 's electricity supply problems.USAID has organized a team with unique mix of specialized skills and experience to implement DRUM. A core focus area calls for the development of a rural electrification strategy based on the successful experience in the US . A team from the US Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will join with India 's Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) to advise on this and related matters. Other major components of the DRUM initiative include pilot projects to create centers of excellence. DRUM also has an ambitious training component with an extensive array of specialized programs focused on electricity distribution. An allied program will address unique aspects of the water-energy nexus.

Background and Perspective
DRUM Program The DRUM program assists MGVCL by helping MGVCL create a center of excellence. The center serves as a model to be both scaled up and replicated elsewhere in MGVCL (and other utilities). DRUM consists of technical assistance (TA), training needs assessment (TNA), and funding.

Pilot Site Profile
Umreth Taluka comprises one main town (Umreth) with 35 numbers of surrounding villages having a total of 226 square kilometers of service area.

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