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Power cuts? Cesu says forget

Bhubaneswar, April 11: Residents of the city can expect to have a more comfortable summer this year than previous years as the Central Electric Supply Utility has initiated measures to ensure uninterrupted power supply during the hot and humid months.

Being aware of the fact that erratic power supply could tarnish the government’s image at poll-time, the power supply authorities have taken steps much before the model code of conduct for the polls was imposed.

While it had revamped all 25 of its old sub-stations across the city to minimise breakdown of the machinery and transformers during the peak hours, construction of a sub-station near the airport and two others are under progress.

This will enable it to ensure uninterrupted power supply to almost all zones in the city.

“By April last year, we had experienced at least four major power cuts. But this year, the situation is quite comfortable,’’ said Jasaswini Mohapatra, a homemaker who resides at Soubhagya Nagar, Phase-II.

“Steps were taken ahead of the elections so that we got the necessary changes done in the sub-stations by the end of February to ensure uninterrupted power supply during and after the polls,’’ said Cesu’s superintending engineer, Bhubaneswar Circle-I, Sukanta Kumar Swain.

Besides, a new sub-station will come up at Bhimpur near airport, while two others are under construction at Kanan Vihar and Kalarahanga.

“The area beyond Damana and within Nandankanan is witnessing a rapid rise in real estate activities. Addition of the two sub-stations will definitely help the people to have comfortable life in those localities once the work is over. The work at Kalarahanga, however, will take a little more time,’’ Swain said.

Areas like Badagada were having maximum complaints related to power cut during the summer days. To address the problem, Cesu has made a total replacement of installations at the sub-station and added three new transformers so that the people staying nearby would get better power supply.

In order to ensure quality power supply and minimise distribution and transmission loss, around 10-km-long 11-KV transmission line was added to the distribution network in Bhubaneswar.

Moreover, upgrade of the 33-KV line has also started in the city.

Pre-summer preparations were made by Cesu as during summer the city makes a demand of 250MW power which during peak hours reaches up to 280 MW.

Sources said the upgrade and new additions in the power distribution network would enable the distribution company to supply power at the summer peak hour without any breakdown.

The power distribution authorities have also taken measures to upgrade the major grid at Chandaka which supplies power to Bhubaneswar, Puri, Nimapara and some nearby areas.

“We are ready to repair the distribution transformers within six hours of getting a complaint. The Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission guidelines call for a replacement or repair within 24 hours. But, as it is very difficult to manage the demand scenario in the state capital, we are ready to make it within one fourth of the time limit,’’ said a senior Cesu engineer.

The Cesu authorities had also revamped the entire power supply line for the Naraj water treatment plant, which supplies maximum water to the city. The work involved the revamp in the 40-km-long supply line that starts from Chandaka grid and ends at Naraj. The Naraj treatment plant at Mundali treats the water of river Mahanadi.