M.M. Nayak, CMD of Southern Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh Limited (APSPDCL), notes that efficiency in the power sector is crucial to control losses. “Electricity serves as the backbone for infrastructure development in the country. Efficiency in this sector is very important,” he says. “One of the factors affecting efficiency is AT&C losses. On an average, AT&C losses amount to around 20 per cent in our country. This creates an additional burden for consumers and impacts the economy.”
Nayak believes that increasing the use of renewables and revamping older technologies would drive efficiency and reduce losses. “We need to work on reducing losses and increasing the share of renewables so as to drive the sector towards sustainability. Older technologies need to be replaced with more efficient technologies.”
As CMD of APSPDCL, Nayak is responsible for managing power distribution in the Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam, Nellore, Chittoor, Kadapa, Kurnool and Anantapur districts, which have over 12 million high and low tension consumers.
Nayak is currently focusing on integrating new technologies into APSPDCL’s daily operations to improve customer service and reduce operating costs. SCADA, data analytics, real-time monitoring of feeders, promoting digital transactions for consumers, as well as smart meter procurements are some of the key initiatives under way, he notes. Further, the state discom is now gearing up to undertake electric vehicle adoption. Prior to assuming his current role at APSPDCL, Nayak was given the responsibility of serving as CMD of Eastern Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh Limited for a year. A 2005 batch IAS officer from Andhra Pradesh, Nayak started his journey serving as sub-collector at Tekkeli and Machilipatnam. Over the course of his career, he served in various roles in the state administration, including that of joint collector, municipal commissioner and collector.
On his management style, Nayak says, “I believe that our employees are our assets.” He tries to test, implement and control projects as per the planned parameters. He also takes out time for interacting with employees and gathering consumer feedback. Nayak is a mechanical engineering graduate from Andhra University. He maintains a healthy work-life balance through planning, prioritising and focusing on key tasks. In his spare time, he reads books, shares his learning with friends and watches TV.