Centre, state to invest Rs 1,650 crore on power infrastructure in district

In a major boost to power infrastructure in the district, the state and central governments have decided to invest around Rs 1,650 crore through various schemes. This will improve the quality of power supply in urban and semi-urban areas and help MSEDCL in providing much needed agricultural pump connections to farmers.

A source in MSEDCL said that the company would invest around 93 crore while central government would provide over Rs 1,200 crore under Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) and Smart City schemes. Mahatransco will invest another Rs 340 crore. Other than this, works worth over Rs 500 crore were going on in the district under MSEDCL and Transco’s infrastructure upgrade schemes.

The source further said that other than Nagpur, 10 more urban areas in the district had been chosen under IPDS. They include Kamptee, Katol, Umred, Kalmeshwar, Saoner, Khapa, Narkhed, Mowad, Mohpa and Ramtek. “Funds will be provided to SNDL too for improving the infrastructure of franchisee area,” he said.

Under IDPS phase I four new 33 KV substations were proposed in the city. Their locations are: Khamla, Dharampeth, Kalamna and Subhan Nagar. An additional 10 MVA transformer will be installed in Congress Nagar substation. Under phase II of this scheme, seven new substations would be set up in the city. The locations are: Matakacheri, Deekshabhoomi, Somalwada, Jai Durga Nagar, Sugat Nagar, Manewada and AFO. Three more substations will be constructed under Smart City scheme. They will be situated at Gandhibagh, Koradi Road and Govind Bhavan. Mahatransco is setting up three 220 KV substations at Pardi, Mankapur and Uppalwadi and three 132 KV substations at Jattarodi, Lendra and Uppalwadi.

Other than setting up new substations, strengthening of the distribution network, metering of distribution transformers, feeders and consumers will be done under phase I of IPDS. The main aim is to reduce the technical and commercial losses. This will be done by laying new overhead as well as underground high tension (HT) and low tension (LT) cables, installing new distribution transformers and increasing the capacity of existing transformers.

These schemes have come as a boon for power franchisee SNDL. MSEDCL was not supposed to invest in the franchisee area but central government has decided not to deprive franchisees of central funding. Private licensees like Tata and Reliance too will get the benefit of these schemes.

The source further said that the biggest constraint in providing new agricultural pump connections was lack of infrastructure. “New poles, cables, transformers and substations under DDUGJY will remove this constraint and farmers will no longer complain of pendency,” he said.

What the scheme entails:

* Three 220 KV substations, three 132 KV substations, 14 33 KV substations

* Increasing capacity of some existing substations

* New underground and overhead HT and LT cables

* New distribution transformers and increase in the capacity of existing ones

* Installation of 8,500 new state-of-the-art consumer meters

* New consumer connections in rural areas

* Separating feeders supplying villages and farms

What are the advatages:

* Voltage fluctuations will be a thing of past

* Power interruptions at consumer level will reduce due to backfeeding

* New connections will not be delayed due to infrastructure constraint

* Farmers will get agricultural pump connections

* Power supply quality will improve in taluka places

Source: Times of India

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