Bhubaneswar, Dec 21:
Wiser after the extensive damage caused to power infrastructure by Cyclone Phailin in October, the Energy Department has proposed a Rs 100 crore scheme, ‘Disaster Resilient HT System’, in the disaster prone areas of the state Rs100 crore to be implemented in 2014-15.
“Power distribution utilities (DISCOMs) have been entrusted with the task of formulating a concept note and detailed project report (DPR) for the project at an early date,” said an Energy department official.
The department, it may be noted, has sought Central assistance of Rs 1,048.14 crore for restoration of power supply in the areas affected by the cyclone and the floods that followed in its wake.
As per Energy department estimates, 1756 feeders, 42753 sub-stations, 36885 km of LT line, 4074 km of EHT Line, 4.08 lakh electric poles and 93 EHT towers were damaged in the twin calamities. The government has 2.4 lakh km of power lines across the state, which is controlled by Cesu and three other power utilities managed by Reliance: Wesco, Nesco and Southco.
Besides, the department has proposed a new project to set up a Disaster Response Centre to combat disasters and to restore the power supply in minimum time. The concept note for the Rs 10 crore project, proposed for the financial year 2014-15, is to be prepared by OPTCL.
Considering the growth of the capital region of the state and taking into consideration the future demand and supply position of energy, the department has also come up with a project named State Capital Region Improvement of Power System (SCRIPS) to ensure reliable and quality power supply round the clock. The department has initially proposed Rs 50 crore for meeting the pre-project expenses, said the official.
The concept note of the project will be prepared by OPTCL. It has been decided that since it is a complex project, OPTCL will be the Nodal Agency for implementation of the project. It will spend 6% of the project cost on the lines of ODSSP on approval of Government.
Keeping in view the supply of quality and uninterrupted power to the consumers, it is proposed to launch a project called ‘Radial Ring Conversion Projects’. The concept note will be developed by OPTCL and DISCOMs. For initial implementation of the project and ancillary works, Rs 30 crore is proposed in 2014-15.