THE UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) will complete the first phase of Accelerated Power Development and Reform Project (APDRP) being implemented in 19 towns by the year end. It has already finished 64 per cent of the work and spent Rs 697 crore out of the Rs 1112 crore allotted by the Centre for the scheme which aims at strengthening the power distribution network in cities.
During a review meeting today, UPPCL MD Avnish Awasthi asked the officials to complete their APDRP targets by November end. During the meeting, it was found that work was almost complete in Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Bulandshahar, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Faizabad, Aligarh and Etawah.
However, in Badaun and Mainpuri where the project was stated a little late, the work is expected to be completed by January next year. The progress was found to be sluggish in Noida, Rampur, Firozabad, Shikohabad and Jhansi. As many as 16 power sub-stations of 33/11 kv capacity have already been set up and 1466 new transformers installed, besides enhancing capacities of 97 sub-stations and 1,200 transformers.
Awasthi said the corporation would soon send a completion report to the Centre, with regard to towns where the work had been completed. He claimed that till September last year, the UPPCL had spent only Rs 200 crore on implementation of the APDRP project, but “we have spent Rs 550 crore till September this year.”