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Power load to double by 2011

OWING TO increase in population and corresponding increase in number of consumers, instantaneous power load on the system in urban area of the City will shoot up from current 208 MW to 308 MW by 2011.

india Updated: May 30, 2006 00:23 IST

OWING TO increase in population and corresponding increase in number of consumers, instantaneous power load on the system in urban area of the City will shoot up from current 208 MW to 308 MW by 2011.

Similarly in rural areas of the City load will shoot up to 500 MW in the corresponding period. Western Region Electricity Distribution Company is executing Accelerated Power Reforms Development Programme (APDRP) scheme and Asian Development Bank (ADB) scheme whose works are nearing completion which will upgrade the system in urban areas to sustain the added load on system till 2010 and in rural areas system will be able to sustain this increase in load till 2009.

Talking to Hindustan Times, superintending engineer of Indore City KS Vyas informed that with execution of APDRP and ADB schemes and after installation of 132 KV sub station at Bicholi Mardana system would be sufficiently upgraded to sustain 10 per cent annual increase in load till next four years. Besides this there is 15 per cent seasonal fluctuation in demand, which is not permanent while there is consistent annual increase of 10 per cent.

On an average more than 11,000 low-tension consumers are added to the list of urban consumers every year while the number of high-tension consumers increases merely by three to four owing to expansion of town.

Keeping this in mind the Centre has given administrative approval of Rs 27 lakh for Rajiv Gandhi Vidhutikaran Yojana which will be executed in next three years in rural areas of City. Following the execution of this scheme every rural household will have access to electricity line.

Superintending Engineer PK Ajmera informed that for up-gradation of system APDRP and ADB schemes are being executed in rural areas. He revealed that ADB scheme would be completed by June 2006 and at present its 95 per cent work is over.

He further said that under APDRP strengthening of system is being done by laying 11 KV lines and 33 KV lines and installing 11/0.4 KV distribution transformers. He disclosed that soon system would be upgraded to sustain load for next three years and in future if there would be some other schemes sanctioned then system would get new lease of life for another two years.

He said that at present there are 18,6000 consumers in rural areas and there is annual increase in their number by 5 to 10 per cent and keeping this in mind system is being upgraded.

However, sources in the Company informed on condition of anonymity that only developing infrastructure would not suffice, as everything will depend on generation of power about which nothing can be said.

Special economic zone is coming up in the City and Narmada River contributes significantly to drinking water need of the City. Sources in Forest Department informed that if forest at source is not preserved then soil erosion would start which would result in silting and silt will deposit at Narmada Sagar Dam.

This would adversely affect the life of dam. At present there is very little silting in Narmada, revealed sources. Owing to forest at source deposition of silt at the dam is comparatively less compared to other rivers.

Sources added that normally no study is done about the carrying capacity of jungle but it has reached saturation point so this should also be taken into consideration.