Officials of the power discom said electricity faults will be attended to faster from June as they are mapping the feeders, transformers and linking it to consumers with global positioning system (GPS).
Officials of the Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (PVVNL), the discom, said that the mapping process will help them identify faults immediately.
At present, it takes a lineman 30 to 40 minutes to locate a fault, and longer if the fault is in the cable. With GPS mapping, all feeders and transformers will be given unique codes that will show the exact position of the fault.
There are 10,724 transformers linked with 597 feeders of 11KV capacity in Gautam Budh Nagar. Officials said that faults in power supply will be highlighted in red on the map.
The superintending engineer of PVVNL, Mukul Singhal, said, “Coordinates will be mapped to identify feeders with faults. We have already completed 80% of the work of mapping transformers with feeders. Simultaneously, work on linking consumers’ data for mapping is also going on. We will be able to complete the GPS mapping in the beginning of May. We will review the system and plug the loopholes before starting to use it from June,” he said.
Singhal said that entire system is like a tree with the feeders as the stem, transformers as branches and the consumers as leaves. The GPS mapping would not only help in locating faults, it will also have a provision to inform the affected consumers and also to check power theft, he said.
“Consumers who are affected, that is, those getting supply through that particular feeder/transformer will be kept in the loop about the fault repair. We will also be able to find out the transformer where pilferage is taking place, which will help us in zeroing in on instances of power theft,” he said.
Power cut on March 22-23
Power supply will be disrupted from 10am to 2pm on March 22 (Wednesday) and March 23 (Thursday) in sectors 32, 35, 40, 42, 46, 47, 80, 83, 93, 100, 108, 124, 126, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 134, 135, 136, 137, 142, 153 and 168 due to shifting of transmission line towers from the 220-KV double circuit in Greater Noida to the 220-KV substation in Sector 129. The shifting of towers has been necessitated due to the ongoing work on the dedicated freight corridor of the Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor project, a PVVNL handout stated.