A revamp of the power supply infrastructure in Gurdaspur city is underway at a cost of Rs 17.5 crore. Slotted under the Power Development Acceleration Resourcing Planning (PDARP) scheme, the project is being executed by the Godrej Group.
So, as residents in some areas resent the power cuts from 11.00 am to 5.30 pm daily, the administration has its reasons.
When contacted, PDARP XEN Ashwani Kumar told HT on Friday that the programme was a part of the project 'Beautification of the city' and under the said project, a total of existing 11 KV wires of 30/100 mm size were being replaced with 65/100 mm size wires.
The new wires would be able to intake and discharge high power more easily, efficiently and effectively.
"Exisiting low-power and low capacity transformers are being replaced with the power transformers of higher capacity. This will ensure smooth functioning of power supply to the people of Gurdaspur," he said.
He claimed that after the execution of the project, people would not have to face the problem of low voltage or fluctuation of power supply or frequent faults in the supply of power.
The XEN told that the old weak and thin poles, supporting power supply main wires and power transformers were also being removed and new bigger, thicker and more durable cemented poles were being erected in place of them.
"The programme has already been completed in half of the city including the Batala-Gurdaspur Road, Tibri road, the Sangalpura Road and Hardochhanni road. The rest of the city will be covered soon," he said.
He added that only temporary inconvenience would be caused during the project, but long-term benefits outweigh these.