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More power to Mango

More than 300,000 residents of Mango can hope for an end to their power woes by 2015.

Jharkhand Urja Vikas Nigam Limited has started fresh hunt for land to set up a 100MVA power substation at Baliguma after a six-acre plot earmarked for the purpose was found to belong to the forest department.

“We are hopeful of getting suitable land for the substation. The district administration is helping us,” said S.P. Singh, an official of the company’s Singhbhum supply area.

He said two transformers of 50MVA each had arrived with accessories. “We could not execute work on the six-acre plot as it belongs to the forest department,” he said.

Superintending engineer Ram Janam Singh is optimistic that Mango will get the substation by the end of next year. “The move will help prevent transmission loss and ensure regular supply,” he said.

Currently, residents in Mango receive power from a local substation, which is supplied by the Gamharia grid substation, 20km away. Often overhead cables connecting the two units develop snags, causing interrupted electricity supply.

Superintending engineer Singh confirmed that the excessive load on the lone sub-station was responsible for frequent power cuts.