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Two new 400KV sub-stations to boost power supply to Ghaziabad

The two sub-stations at Indirapuram and Ator will be sufficient to meet the city’s power demand till 2022, say officials

noida Updated: Oct 21, 2017 22:57 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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Uttar Pradesh power minister Shrikant Sharma (centre) inaugurated the sub-stations at an event in Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, on Saturday. Ghaziabad MP general VK Singh (retd) and other senior officers of state electricity department were also present.(HT Photo)

Uttar Pradesh energy minister Shrikant Sharma on Saturday inaugurated and dedicated the two 400KV electricity sub-stations to citizens in Ghaziabad. The two sub-stations at Indirapuram and Ator will considerably enhance the installed capacities and will cater to nearly 2.5 lakh households.

The project was initiated during the previous regime in 2013 and faced number of bottlenecks before the new sub-station could finally get complete.

Sharma, while speaking at a function in Indirapuram, said that the state government under chief minister Yogi Adityanath got a dilapidated electricity infrastructure from the previous government and brought out the electricity infrastructure from “the ICU.”

“We brought out the infrastructure from the ICU within six months. We had received 1 lakh burnt-out transformers and bad state of rural and urban electrification. Within six months, the same officials improved the infrastructure. Earlier, the power went only to Saifai or to ‘uncle’ in Rampur,” Sharma said.

“Instead, we are focussing on the poor and giving them new connections. It is our resolve to ensure that both Ghaziabad and Noida get 24-hour power supply as they are the most important districts. With the two 400KV sub-stations, Ghaziabad will have ample supply now,” he added.

At the event, the minister also launched the “Urja Mitra” app and “rural feeder monitoring scheme” (RFMS) in Ghaziabad, the first district to implement the “Urja Mitra" scheme.

“Through the RFMS, we can get details of power cuts at specific electricity feeders and also about the revenue generated. This will considerably help in energy audit. Under the scheme, feeders are getting installed with the equipment like modems and SIM cards for the purpose of sending information to a centralised system,” said Ritu Maheshwari, district magistrate, Ghaziabad.

With the “Urja Mitra” app, the consumers can get information about power cuts in their areas and can also lodge complaints.

“We have already initiated the ‘Urja Mitra’ app and sent nearly 25 lakh SMSs to consumers. By December end, we will also be giving connections to 80,000 more households left out,” Maheshwari added.

The Indirapuram 400KV sub-station will benefit areas of Indirapuram, Vasundhara, Kaushambi, the delta colonies, Lajpat Nagar, Rajendra Nagar and even Noida. The second one at Ator will cater to Hapur and rural areas in Ghaziabad.

The officials of Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (PVVNL), the discom, said that with the start of the sub-station, the transmission network capacity will rise to 2,360MVA as compared to the distribution capacity of 1,848MVA.

“Within next couple of days, the electricity supplies will commence from the new sub-station,” said Abhishek Prakash, managing director, PVVNL.

“The sub-station was a necessity as Ghaziabad consumes 2,000 megawatt of power out of UP’s total consumption of nearly 18,000 megawatt. With the two new 400KV sub-station, we now have a total of four (400KV) sub-stations operational in Ghaziabad. These will be sufficient to meet the demand till 2022,” said Kamran Rizvi, chairman and managing director, UP Power Transmission Corporation Limited.

First Published: Oct 21, 2017 22:57 IST