Disaster resilient power supply in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar by Dec


Bhubaneswar: The people of twin city Bhubaneswar and Cuttack will have access to advanced and disaster-resilient power supply system soon, said an official on Thursday.

A target has been set to complete the entire project by December, 2020.

This was known from a high-level review meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy here recently.

Reviewing the progress, the Chief Secretary directed to workout advanced implementation schedule for each phase of the work and resolve the ground level issues as and when they crop up through active coordination among the departments of energy, general administration, GRIDCO and executing agency.

 OPTCL was directed to expedite the implementation through close and coordinated monitoring.

Tripathy set timelines for different phases of the project.

Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra advised to remove all the overhead cablings from the main city area soon after commissioning of underground cabling.

Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena advised to make the advanced power system resilient against the wind speed of 300 km per hour.

Energy secretary N.B.Dhal appraised that the new system would meet electrical load demand up to 1300 MW. 

It would ensure 24×7 uninterrupted quality power supply at all voltage levels because of the ring supply system. It would also reduce transmission & distribution loss, electrical accidents, operation and maintenance cost and improve aesthetic look of the city. 

Presenting details of the project, OPTCL chairman Saurabh Garg said, “Through the project the entire power transmission and distribution system will be upgraded; and twenty new sub stations of various capacities will be set up. The cost of the project has been estimated around Rs.1600 crore and it is funded by the State Government.”

 Available data show, new 220 KV sub-stations are being set up at Pratappur Shasan,  Balinata, Gothpatana, Godisahi, Cuttack (near Bailashi Mauza). Similarly, new 132 sub-stations are coming up in Unit-8, Mancheswar, Bargarh, Satyanagar, Nayapali and Brajabiharipur.

Resilient 33 KV substations are being installed in Unit-8, Bargarh, Bapujinagar, Master Canteen, Satyanagar, Sahidnagar, Kharavela Nagar, Ranihat and Badambadi.