Noida: Govt readies plan to upgrade power infrastructure

  • Dhananjay Jha, Hindustan Times, Noida
  • Updated: Nov 05, 2015 12:46 IST
Residents complain of daily power cuts despite Noida being declared a zero power cut zone. (HT file photo)

The Uttar Pradesh power corporation limited (UPPCL) is planning to upgrade the electricity infrastructure of the city to meet the ever-increasing demand.

Officials of the Uttar Pradesh electricity regulatory commission (UPERC) and UPPCL held a meeting and discussed the current status of the city’s electricity infrastructure and the framework required to set up the electricity system in accordance with Master Plan 2031.

With the city growing rapidly and many industries setting up shop here, it becomes imperative to upgrade electricity equipment to meet the demand.

“We have roughly 1.90 lakh electricity consumers in the city and the daily demand for power in peak summer is 1100 MW,” said Mukul Singhal, superintending engineer (SE), UPPCL.

“Besides that, we have proposed 10 additional sub-stations in the city,” Singhal, the superintending engineer, said about the plan to meet consumer demand in the city.

“A private company hired by the Central government is working in this regard (framework as per Master Plan 2031) and it presented the work it has done so far before a panel in Delhi on Wednesday,” Singhal said, adding that the next review meeting will be held before November end.

“We have asked the company to submit the entire plan by the end of November or mid-December at the latest,” Singhal said.

“We will disclose the plan once it is complete,” Singhal said.

At present, the city has four different types of power sub-stations - one 400KV sub-station at Pali in Greater Noida, six sub-stations of 220KV, seven of 132KV and 73 sub-stations having 33KV capacity.

Meanwhile, despite the UPPCL’s assurance of zero power cuts during the festival season, following a direction from the UP government last month, residents complained of power cuts, that lasted between two and four hours, across the city.

“Noida has been declared a zero power cut zone but there are power cuts happening daily. The UPPCL should ensure people can celebrate Diwali with uninterrupted power supply,” said Joginder Awana, a resident of Sector 18.

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