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Tardy pace hits ADB scheme to strengthen rural power system

THE PACE at which work of Asian Development Bank (ADB) Scheme for strengthening electrical system to provide voltage up to 33 KV is being done in rural areas of Indore it is unlikely that the scheme can be completed in fixed time frame thus defeating its objective.

india Updated: Jan 16, 2006 18:02 IST

THE PACE at which work of Asian Development Bank (ADB) Scheme for strengthening electrical system to provide voltage up to 33 KV is being done in rural areas of Indore it is unlikely that the scheme can be completed in fixed time frame thus defeating its objective.

This Rs 5,161 lakh scheme is being executed since April 1, 2004 and its time period would end on June 30, 2006 thus 77 per cent of the time has expired. But till December 31, 2005 work ranging from 20 to 50 per cent was yet to be done in some sectors while only in exceptional cases over 90 per cent work had been done.

With only six months left only 42.02 per cent of the target of laying 33 KV line was achieved in rural areas of Indore till December 31, 2005. Against the target of laying 207 km long new 33 KV line just 87 km line was laid. Only 11 of the 18, 3.1 MVA new sub-stations have been erected.

Out of 600 kms long new 11 KV lines to be laid under the scheme 78.83 per cent of this target has been achieved with the laying of 473 km long line. As far as installation of 100 KV transformers is concerned 78 per cent work has been done and in case of 200 KVA transformers 98 per cent of the target has been achieved.

The Company deserves to be lauded for completion of 100 per cent work in installation additional transformers of 3.15 MVA capacity where all 12 of them have been installed.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Western Region Electricity Distribution Company additional superintending engineer said that earlier there was voltage swing in the system from 33 KV to 27 KV but now the situation has improved and fluctuation has narrowed down between 33 KV and 30 KV.

Earlier, voltage drop in rural areas on Indore was till 180 volts during Rabi season but after the implementation of the scheme it will not sink below 210 volts.

According to information received from sources in the Company the scheme had a very slow beginning as ADB sanctioned this scheme in the 2002-2003 but its execution was done from April 1, 2004. The intervening period was spent in procurement of material required for execution of scheme, hence the delay.

First Published: Jan 16, 2006 18:02 IST