Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Dec 19:
The Energy department has decided to replace electric poles with underground cables in Odisha’s Millenium City which is expected to be completed in 18 months.
The underground laying of power cables at an estimate cost of Rs 142 crore will be done in the city divided into five zones covering 61 km, sources said.
In the first phase, Madhupatna, Dolamundai, Ranihat and Badambadi will be covered.
“Puri is the first town in the country where 100 per cent underground cabling was done to provide power supply doing away with electric poles. In the second phase, underground cabling will be done in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack,” RDC (Central) AB Ota said told media today.
Earlier in March this year, the underground cabling began in the capital city where overhead 33 KV and 11 KV power lines would be laid underground in 350 km area. A deadline of 18 months has been set for completion of this project also.
It may be mentioned here that an amount of Rs 350 crore was spent in the Pilgrim town of Puri for replacing the overhead cables.
The state-owned Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited (OPTCL) will execute the project in consultation with the Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU). While OPTCL is associated with installing power transmission lines, CESU is a power distribution company of the state government, sources added.
Energy Secretary, officials of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC), Cuttack Development Authority (CDA) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) were present in the meeting held today.