The Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Project (APDRP), a project of the Union government, being implemented in some major cities of Punjab, will be implemented in the Jalandhar Cantonment area in the near future.
Officials at the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) informed HT that in December last year, the department had awarded the project to the Shreen Developers Private Limited, a Kolkata-based company. Officials claimed that the company would complete the work in 28 months here.
The first meeting on the project was held on December 21 between officials of the PSPCL and the company.
Under the APDPRP (Part B), a grid sub-station of 66 KV will be set up in the area and t transformers will be upgraded.
Meanwhile, the low tension and high tension wires in the cantonment area will be upgraded and defective power meters replaced with electronic ones. Under the project, the PSPCL will also rectify the problems that lead to power loss.
In Jalandhar, the APDPRP (Part B) project is being carried out by Larsen and Toubro Limited. Though the last date of implementing the project was January, 50% of the metering work is still left to be done, officials at the PSPCL informed.
“Since the department had to procure land for the upcoming substation, we had granted the extension, but the penalty will be imposed for the rest of the work that is still left to be done,” said an official at the PSPCL.
Under part A of the project, the metering system of the department is upgraded while under part B, the consumer metering and transmission cables are upgraded and repaired
The project has been running in around 47 towns of Punjab for the past two years. Some of them are Amritsar, Ludhiana, Phagwara, and Nakodar. The project is wholly funded the Union government agency called the Power Finance Corporation.
Under the APRDP, the PSPCL is in the process of upgrading its own internal system and enhancing its power transmission quality to the consumers.
The APDRP is being executed in Jalandhar city at a cost of `176 crore. On the same lines, the department has also set up the meter pillar box system at various parts of the city, making it difficult for the miscreants to steal power and reduce the power leakage due to the fault in the transmission.
Gopal Sharma, deputy chief engineer, PSPCL, could not be reached for comments.