NO WOODEN electricity poles and hanging overhead wires will be seen in the State next year.
The UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) has chalked out a Rs 31-crore plan to do away with the outworn poles and wires by December 31.
“We have told the power distribution companies to ensure that no wooden electricity poles and worn-out hanging wires are seen anywhere in their area after December 31,” said UPPCL, Chairman AK Khurana.
The UPPCL has already identified the districts where the poles and wires are in a very pathetic condition.
Thus, the UPPCL will give Rs 13.38 crore to the Varanasi discom to remove plenty of wooden electricity polls in 21 districts.
Likewise, Agra discom will get Rs 12.98 crore for 11 districts, Meerut will get Rs 80 lakh for two districts, Saharanpur and Meerut. A sum of Rs 5.364 crore will go to the Lucknow discom for carrying out the work in five districts. Khurana said that various principal secretaries and secretaries were repeatedly pointing out the poor conditionof poles and wires, duringtheir night stay programmes in villages.
Meanwhile, demand for power remained high across the State following bleak rainfall in August.
However, the production of electricity at the thermal and hydroelectric power stations has risen.
This was stated in a press release issued by principal secretary (power) Ashok Khurana here on Thursday.
The release added that with two new units being in service in Vishnuprayag, there was a rise in power production by 5.7 million units per day.
In rest of the power units in the State, there was a rise in production from 49 to 63 per cent in August.
The release also stated that availability of electricity was at the highest in the history of the State as the production capacity of power units was increasing every year.
The Naptha Jhakri project was also being pressed into service, the release added.