Patna, May 24: The power company has decided to install distribution transformers in 27 locations of west Patna to ensure smooth supply when the temperature is hovering around 42°C in the city.
Patna Electric Supply Undertaking (Pesu), which comes under the South Bihar Power Distribution Company Ltd., will install the additional distribution transformers. They will be installed in four supply divisions of Dakbungalow, Gardanibagh, Danapur and Pataliputra. Catering to needs of urban Patna, Pesu has around 4,000 distribution transformers of different capacities such as 315KVA and 200KVA in its 10 divisions.
Power cuts on account of load-shedding of two to four hours are although common these days across the city. Overloaded transformers tripping frequently are causing the disruptions, compounding the residents’ problems in this sweltering heat. To get rid of this problem, the distribution company has decided to install the 27 distribution transformers in four of the five supply divisions of West Patna.
Pesu has divided the city into east and west with five supply divisions under the two jurisdictions. Anil Kumar, a resident of Rajeev Nagar under the Pataliputra division, said: “Power frequently goes off at night. I hope with installation of the additional transformers, there would be less power cuts in the area.”
The Danapur division would have most of the distribution transformers, while six each would be installed at Dakbungalow and Gardanibagh divisions. Five of them would be installed in Patliputra, an official in the power company said. Sources said the transformers would be installed under the Centre-sponsored restructured accelerated power development and reforms programme. They would come up at Bandar Bagicha, near Kotwali police station, Buddha Marg, Rajeev Nagar, Mahavir Colony, among other areas. Bihar State Power (Holding) Company has also directed its senior officials to install around 3,000 distribution transformers in the state’s rural and urban areas within three months.
The energy department secretary (and power company chairman-cum-managing director) Sandeep Poundrik on Friday asked directors and chief engineers of distribution companies to install transformers within a time frame. He also directed the officials to devise a work plan to ensure the availability of one power transformer in every power sub-station.