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Agency hunt for cable work

The power company is mulling over appointing an agency to put up aerial bunched cables in Patna to check illegal hooking and snapping of cables in rain.

South Bihar Power Distribution Company has come up with a proposal to appoint an agency for the same. It has invited bids from firms interested to install aerial bunched cables (overhead cable would be covered with rubber or plastic) in Patna under a special plan of the Backward Regions Grant Fund.

The company also plans to set up the cables in 16 other districts that fall under its jurisdiction.

According to the tender floated by the distribution company, an agency would have to carry out the composite work of supply and set up of 11KV and low-tension lines by aerial bunched cables to reduce the aggregate technical and commercial losses.

A source in the Bihar State Power (Holding) Company told The Telegraph: “We have invited tenders for strengthening and modernising the distribution network to provide unhindered power supply in Patna and other districts under the South Bihar Power Distribution Company. Several things have to be done, including installation of aerial bunched cables on the lines of bigger cities like Delhi and Mumbai. The strengthening work would be carried out under the Centre’s restructured accelerated power development and reforms programme.”

Firms interested in the project can submit their documents online latest by April 23. The techno-commercial bid would be opened the same afternoon.

Sources said the cables would be laid in areas either theft-prone or congested with narrow lanes and bylanes. Power company officials believe the move would help check power pilferage on account of illegal hooking and frequent complaints of cables and wires getting snapped in the rainy season.

According to the tender document, the work would be completed within 18-24 months. Carried out in phases, the project is expected to cost Rs 184.58 crore.

The company has earma- rked Rs 63.33 crore to install the aerial bunched cables in Patna. A sum of Rs 121.25 crore would be spent on the project for the 16 other districts. Work is expected to start around June and completed on turnkey basis. The agency given the job would do everything, from supplying material to executing the work.