The government will start work on an Rs 500-crore project to strengthen the power distribution network in the city next month to improve supply in the summer.
South Bihar Power Distribution Company Ltd will execute the work in the city, especially in areas falling under Patna Electric Supply Undertaking. The amount, part of an Rs 1,256.15-crore corpus, would be utilised to implement schemes under the Centre-sponsored restructured accelerated power development and reforms programme. The move is an attempt towards providing uninterrupted power supply in Patna during the summer months.
“Efforts would be made to remove the bottlenecks and shortcomings in providing uninterrupted power supply to Patna under the programme,” said South Bihar Power Distribution Company Ltd managing director Sanjay Kumar Agarwal.
Work would start from mid-January 2014. The tender for the project has been awarded, said Agarwal.
According to the central scheme, Rs 1,256.15 crore would be spent on strengthening the power distribution network in 64 towns/cities in Bihar, each with population of more than 30,000 according to the 2001 census, within three years. Rs 500 crore has been allocated for Patna.
Work on strengthening the distribution network would include laying new cables (aerial bunched cable and underground), setting up additional power sub-stations and augmenting the capacity of power sub stations and installing new electricity poles, new distribution transformers and 33KV and 11KV feeders.
On completion, the project would ensure quality power supply (with full voltage) and also help the distribution company in restoring power supply quickly.
Sources said the project would help gradually reduce the company’s overall transmission and distribution loss and pave the way for improving the financial condition of power holding company.
Out of Rs 1,256.15 crore, the South Bihar Power Distribution Company would get Rs 942.11 crore for electrification work in 35 cities/towns while its north Bihar counterpart would get the rest.
Of the amount to be spent by the South Bihar Power Distribution Company, 25 per cent would be provided as loans through Power Finance Corporation. The Bihar State Power (Holding) Company would get the remaining amount as loans from financial institutions.
The decision to strengthen the distribution network would help realise chief minister Nitish Kumar’s promise to improve the state’s power condition on August 15, 2012.
It would also help the power distribution company achieve its aim of providing uninterrupted power supply in Patna.