Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 30:
Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited (OPTCL) will double its transmission network by 2017-18 and the number of grid substations will be increased from 100 to 167 by 2018, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while addressing the induction workshop of the company in Bhubaneswar today.
“The OPTCL is now on a high growth trajectory. The organisation is all set to double its transmission network by 2017-18. The number of grid substations will be increased from 100 to 167 by 2018. This will significantly increase the volume of power business which in turn will create more job opportunities for the young people of the state,” said Patnaik.
“The State Government is committed to create massive employment opportunity in the state. Apart from several initiatives in different sectors such as agriculture, industries and the other social sectors, we are also making efforts to speed up the recruitment process of various departments. I have been personally monitoring the recruitment drive of the state government. The infusion of young blood into the system will certainly help to accelerate our development initiatives,” he added.
Explaining the key role of the Government of Odisha undertaking in the state energy sector, Patnaik pointed out that OPTCL is the largest public infrastructure set-up in the state and has taken up several initiatives like the Odisha Distribution System Strengthening Project, CAPEX, Smart Grid, State Capital Region Improvement Project and Odisha Dedicated Agriculture and Fishery Feeder.
While the dedicated feeders for agriculture and fisheries sector will be very beneficial to the growth of agriculture and allied sector, the overall initiatives will substantially contribute to the government’s endeavour of providing quality power to people, according to Patnaik.
“Power is the most essential prerequisite for development and growth. The State Government is committed to provide electricity to all its citizens,” the Chief Minister reiterated.