The electricity department officials are banking on completing work on two major power substations, a 400KV one in Indirapuram and 220KV one in Morta, to meet peak summer demand. The two substations, however, are stuck as farmers are not allowing the erection of four towers in their fields, which are required to supply electricity to the two substations.
Officials of UP Power Transmission Corporation Limited (UPPTCL) said that 80% of the work on the 400KV substation in Indirapuram has been completed. They said that the issue of installation of one tower at Central Industrial Security Force complex is also resolved.
“Now, we are faced with resistance from farmers in Morta. We held meetings with them along with the administration officials. If there is a go-ahead, the 400KV and the 220KV substations will start operations by April,” Yatendra Kumar, the superintending engineer of UPPTCL, said.
“These are major substations. The 400KV substation alone can meet the demand of the entire trans-Hindon area while the 220KV one will meet the demand of Raj Nagar Extension and the metro (9.41km Dilshad Garden to New bus stand),” Kumar said.
The transmission towers for the supply of power to 220KV and 400KV substations are interconnected and the issue needs to be resolved immediately for making them operational before summer, officials said.
The distribution department officials said that they also made operational a 9km alternative transmission line from the 132KV substation in Vaishali to Ahimsa Khand in Indirapuram. This line provides an alternative supply route in case the underground cabling system develops faults and can be made operational within half an hour, officials said.
“We will make operational the Vaishali Sector 6 substation (33/11KV) in March. Another substation is under construction in Sector 2. We also intend to install 250 transformers to increase load bearing capacity in trans-Hindon areas. Apart from this, six more (33/11KV) substations are under construction and expected to be ready within two-three months,” MC Sharma, superintending engineer, Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (PVVNL), said.
The six substations in trans-Hindon areas are under construction at Ambika Steels, Sahibabad (II), Vikram Enclave (II), Pasonda, Harsha Compound and Kaushambi. Presently, the department caters to 2,19,600 consumers in the trans-Hindon area, where there is a demand of 450-500 megawatts (MW) in peak summer.
In city areas, the PVVNL has enhanced capacities of 33/11KV substations at Gandhi Nagar, New bus stand, Morta, Sudama Puri and City Centre (near Kotwali). Apart from these, four new substations are under construction at Noor Nagar, Meerut Road (II), Raj Nagar and Kavi Nagar. The city areas have nearly 2.2 lakh electricity consumers and the peak summer demand exceeds 500 MW in peak summer.
Three more substations at Bamheta, Rameshwar Park and Akbarpur-Behrampur will be made operational within a week. The 33/11KV substations and capacity enhancements are being undertaken under the Integrated Power Development Scheme of the Central Government.