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Discom plans to make Noida, Ghaziabad ‘no ­tripping zones’ by August 15

Officials held a marathon meeting to chalk out strategies for ‘no tripping zones’ in Ghaziabad and Noida.

noida Updated: Aug 02, 2018 11:55 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
Noida,Ghaziabad,No tripping zones
The vehicles will respond to calls received on the centralised helpline number 1912 or complaints made to the electricity department in Ghaziabad.(Sakib Ali/HT File Photo)

The top officials of the Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (PVVNL) on Wednesday announced that Ghaziabad and Noida will be made ‘no tripping zones’ by August 15. The PVVNL managing director (MD) said that slew of measures are being taken up to make sure local faults are reduced to a minimum.

For the purpose of converting the two cities into ‘no tripping zones,’ PVVNL MD Ashutosh Niranjan said that they have decided to arrange one fault repair maintenance van in each of the three circles in Ghaziabad city, as well as one in Loni. There will also be an underground cabling fault locator van. All these vehicles will be ready to respond round the clock.

“On directions of the senior officials, we are working on making the two cities into ‘no tripping zones’ by August 15. The vehicles in Ghaziabad will be working 24x7 and will be furnished with various equipment and eight workers each. They will be rushed to wherever a call is made from, through a centralised helpline number 1912 or complaints to the electricity department,” Niranjan said.

He said that the work has been outsourced and the regular staff, as a result, will be able to get more time to deal with other complaints.

“We are also trying to upgrade the existing transmission and distribution infrastructure and expedite grievance redressals. We are also identifying grey areas in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad where instances of avoidable tripping are being identified in industrial, commercial and residential areas. We will be fixing such areas to reduce faults and power outages as a result,” he added.

The official, on Wednesday, also held a marathon meeting with officials of the distribution and transmission department in Ghaziabad and Noida to chalk out strategies for ‘no tripping zones’.

The mobile vans are an inaugural concept in western UP’s PVVNL region. Officials said the vehicles will attend to faults occurring at 33kv and 11kv substations, the resurrection of electricity poles, the trimming of trees and branches, the replacement of worn out electricity poles and the maintenance of electricity feeders.

PVVNL officials said they have started tracking feeders online, which will give them correct figures and timings of power outages.

“Apart from this, we have also started monitoring 72 industrial feeders online as well as tracking 542 feeders in residential areas. There are technical issues with 172 feeders that are being resolved. The online tracking will help us analyse tripping in our substations,” AK Chaudhary, chief engineer (distribution), Ghaziabad, said.

Officials are also sensitising sub-divisional officers and junior engineers and making them accountable for the repairs. The faults are repaired by the contractual staff.

Officials expect that since the work for lowering tripping is being taken up during peak summer season, when the electricity demand goes down, the faults will be eradicated by nearly 90%.

First Published: Aug 02, 2018 11:55 IST