Power scenario to improve
Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) chairman, SN Verma on Monday said that the power scenario is set to improve further with the new agreement with Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) for setting up transmission lines.
New lines would be laid and old transmission lines would be strengthened across the State at an estimated cost of Rs1,350 crores with funding from Rural Electrification Corporation
The laying of transmission lines of 400 KVA, 220 KVA and 132 KVA will have a deadline of 20 months and the board hopes to cut down on transmission losses and also increase its collection realization through private power projects.
With an aim to improve power scenario in Jharkhand, the private players will be assigned the job to improve power transmission across the State. The Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) has decided to start the proposed project on a pilot basis in three cities – Jamshedpur, Dhanbad and Ranchi. Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) will act as the consultant for the project.
JSEB chairman S N Verma who was in city to attend a seminar on the topic “Power in Jharkhand-challenges and opportunities” organised by the Jharkhand council of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) admitted that though the power is available in sufficient quantum but the need is to improve the transmission.
“We have a consumption of 1,600 MW of electricity and we have a supply of 2,000 MW (650 MW from DVC, 950 MW from own resources and 400 MW from central allocation). But we are not able to meet our consumers expectation due to problems in transmission areas,” said Verma.
He said that Jharkhand is a land of immense potential where many such opportunities remain untapped and also many challenges are not being mitigated. It is the need of the hour to take a serious approach at such issues. Around Rs1,300 crores have been sanctioned for power projects, which is a historic decision in itself. Three more power stations are to be stationed at Gumla, Palamu and Patratu. He also assured for the quality and consistence in the distribution of power.
Expressing a need to improve the present situation principal secretary, energy department, Vimal Kirti Singh said that these distribution franchisees will be collecting bills from consumers.
Singh said that power is the need of each and every individual. However, nearly 2,000 villages in the State do not have electricity poles.
“We are far behind in structural reforms and that needs to be taken care of. He also said that the Government is looking forward to expand the Tenughat Vidyut Nigam Limited and the Patratu project. Due to lack of transmission infrastructure there is no proper supply of electricity. A lot of money is rather pumped in to keep a check to the distribution losses,” noted the principal secretary. Published by HT Syndication with permission from Pioneer.
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