Reported by Sandeep Pattnaik
Bhubaneswar, May 24 :
The Odisha Government has decided to invest around Rs 305 crore for upgrading the power infrastructure at Puri and Konark, before the Nabkalebar starts in 2015, Principal Secretary, Energy Pradeep Kumar Jena said during a high level meeting held on Friday.
L&T will do the underground power cabling in Puri , for which an estimated Rs 108 crore will be spent. The work will begin from August 2014 and is scheduled to be completed before March 2015 next year.
Target has also been set to renovate 33/11 KV substations situated at different areas in Puri such as Kumbharpada, Baliapanda, Talabania, Charinala, Chakratirtha road and Kacheri. Besides, there is a proposal to replace the 11 KV electric wire in around 40 kilometers area along with 88 feeders and to install 60 new distribution transformers in the city.
“The Puri district administration has provided 17 acres of land to set up a high-power Grid station at Samagara, at a cost of Rs 81.66 crore to meet the energy demand for next 20 years,” Jena said.
Now puri district is supplied only 80 MW of power when the actual demand stands at 120 MW.
Besides, 170 towers will be erected from Pandiabila village near Uttara up to Samagara covering a distance of around 52-km, which will facilitate transmission of 220 KV line to Puri, Konark and Samuka project adequately. Also, 40 MW power will be provided for operation of trains after the doubling of the Khurda Road-Puri railway route is completed, Jena informed.
Also a review has been made of the progress of 132/33 KV substation in Konark in the meeting. The project which involves an expenditure of around Rs 29 crore started in 2011 and is going to be completed by October this year. 30 towers have been set up out of a total target of 76 and work on the rest is in progress. The work got delayed due to protests by some land owners in Jogeswarpur, Chandipara, Konark, Gop and Kundisa village.
Similarly, the Samuka Belabhumi substation project is also being obstructed by a few powerful individuals. Government has allocated a sum of Rs 21 Crore towards the setting up of the substation here. Around sixty percent work has been done and 18 towers have been set up out of a targeted 43 in the vicinity of the project.
The Principal Secretary-Energy has advised the Puri district collector and SP to hold a discussion with the villagers here to expedite the project and complete it before Nabakalebar kicks off next year.
It is to be noted here that, Puri will get three times more power than the required level, if the project is completed in due time.
CESU Chief Executive Officer Sudarshan Nayak, collector Dhiren Kumar Patnaik, SP Anup Kumar Sahoo and Executive Engineer of CESU Siba Prasad Swain were present during the meeting.