As the state gears up for the upcoming assembly elections, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to strengthen its electricity distribution network in western UP to ensure power supply of 16-18 hours in rural areas and 22-24 hours in urban centres by October.
Power cuts have ailed households and industries in the state for a long time.
However, most projects might only be completed by the end of 2016 or by the end of the current financial year.
Kripal Singh, the advisor on electricity to UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, on Friday undertook a marathon meeting with Ghaziabad zone officials. He said that nearly 87 distribution (33/11 KV) substations will be completed by the end of the current financial year.
“The substations will strengthen the distribution network. Nearly 75% of these are under construction. Of the 87 proposed, 49 will come up in Ghaziabad, 12 and 26 each in Hapur and Bulandshahr respectively. We will also come up with bigger transmission stations of 765 KV at Hapur, 400 KVs at Ator, Dasna and Indirapuram under a network,” he said.
Power officials are also working on a project that will connect all 132 KV and 33/11 KV substations to alternate lines to ensure uninterrupted power supplies in case of breakdown, under the Integrated Power Development Scheme. Under this, Ghaziabad will have nearly 286 km of alternate lines in urban areas while another 418 km alternate network in rural areas.
“The project will also include laying of alternate lines and new lines for the distribution network. Further, a total of another 27 (33/11 KV) substations will be upgraded, which includes nine in city and 18 in rural areas of Ghaziabad. All the infrastructure upgrade and new stations will ensure a boost in the installed capacities of the distribution and the transmission network,” Singh said.
Ghaziabad currently has a network of 252 (33/11 KV) substations which supply direct power to households. Overall, the distribution network has a combined installed capacity of 3,144 MVA against the transmission’s installed capacity of nearly 3,116 MVA. The distribution capacity is estimated to be increased to 4,284 MVA by the end of 2016.
“Once the infrastructure is augmented, we will also need more electricity. At present, we have a supply of nearly 17,000 MW for the entire state. We have made more arrangements, including from outside sources, to supply around 18,000-19,000 MW by the end of October,” he added.
The transmission network will also get additional 3,000 MVA with the start of a 765 KV substation at Hapur.