Efforts by distribution companies to augment power transformers in various sub-stations would help light up more households across the state.
Under the capacity augmentation programme to ensure uninterrupted supply in rural and urban areas, South Bihar Power Distribution Company and North Bihar Power Distribution Company have added 908MVA to the existing sub-stations in 2013.
The augmentation has led to improved power supply in the state in the past year. At present, urban and rural areas get a supply of 20-22 and 12-14 hours a day, respectively.
“We strengthened the supply network in the state since the distribution companies came into existence (in November 2012). The distribution companies have already installed additional power transformers at various places in several districts. As part of capacity augmentation work, firms have decided to install power transformers of various capacities at different sub-stations to ensure better power supply in rural and urban areas of all the districts of the state,” said power distribution company managing director Sanjay Kumar Agarwal.
“The distribution companies have augmented capacity of various transformers up to 908MVA in 2013,” Agarwal said, adding that 633.4MVA capacity augmentation was carried out in existing sub-stations, while 275MVA augmentation was conducted by installing new sub-stations.
The distribution company carried out capacity augmentation of various sub-stations from 1.6MVA to 3.15MVA and from 3.15 to 5MVA and 5MVA to 10MVA, the managing director said.
He added that transformers of 5 and 10MVA capacities have been installed at newly built sub-stations across the state.
The installation of more transformers would reduce the load on sub-stations, reducing power cuts. The capacity augmentation of sub-stations would not only strengthen distribution network but improve the supply system in rural, urban, commercial and industrial areas, Agarwal said.