Power supply is going to be more streamlined in the city in the coming months with lesser voltage fluctuation and better distribution as the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSCPL) is planning to set up two more power substations.
PSPCL officials said work on constructing the substations under the Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Project (ADDRP), a central government initiative, would begin soon.
The two grid substations with a capacity of 66KV will come up in Urban Phase 2 and Babrik Chowk localities.
Though PSPCL has already breached the deadline of setting up the substations, which was January 9, it is expecting to complete the work in the next six months.
Officials said the power utility had faced problems in acquiring land for the two substations.
“If land had been acquired on time, we could have completed the project by now and it would have been in the operational phase,” said an official of PSPCL.
The city has a total of 20 substations including at Leather complex, which was recently operationalised by PSPCL. Out of 20 substations, two substations are of 220KV, four are of 134KV while 14 are of 66 KV.
Meanwhile, PSPCL has outsourced the work to Larsen and Toubro for completing the present project.
Officials said the estimated cost for the project was around Rs 8 crore and PSPCL had acquired land at Babrik Chowk at a cost of around Rs 2.35 crore while land in Urban Estate Phase 2 was acquired at the reserve price in the area at that time.
Though the project was tendered out to Larsen and Toubro last year, but as the department was not able to hand over the land for the project on time, the company could not proceed further. It is for this reason that PSPCL would not be imposing any penalty on the company for delaying the project.
Officials said the problems of voltage fluctuation and unreliability of electricity supply would be sorted out in these areas.