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Expansion project for power to all

Patna, June 7: The power holding company has decided to expand the transmission network in the state by installing more grid sub-stations to illuminate every house.

Bihar State Power Transmission Company, a subsidiary of the holding firm, has decided to set up the facility in every sub-division to strengthen the network.

There are 32 sub-divisions where there is no sub-station right now. The power holding company’s deputy general manager (public relations) H.R. Pandey said the plan was to install 132/33KV grid sub-stations in all the 32 sub-divisions.

Central Electricity Authority, the nodal agency under the power ministry, has given its approval to the company’s proposal to set up the grids, Pandey added.

Tenders have been floated for 14 of the 32 sub-divisions. Sources said work on the 14 grids is expected to be complete by the end of 2014-15 financial year. Pandey said rest of the tenders would also be floated soon.

Apart from the 32 grid sub-stations, a project to set up seven grids of 220/132/33KV capacity is also on. This project has been undertaken by the Bihar Grid Company, a 50:50 joint venture firm of the Bihar State Power (Holding) Company and the Power Grid Corporation of India.

Sources said there is another proposal to set up four more grid sub-stations of 400/220KV capacity in the same project.

When former chief minister Nitish Kumar took over the reins of the state in 2005, Bihar had 45 grid sub-stations. Now, the number has reached 94, including 13 facilities set up by the Bihar State Power Transmission Company in 2013.

The transmission company’s decision to install the grids in every sub-division and other places under different schemes looks to take the number to 148.

More grid sub-stations would mean four-time increase in transmission capacity, in comparison to 2011-12 when the power company used to supply power between 1,200MW and 1,500MW. Now, it supplies 2,200MW to 2,500MW of power. The operation of all the 148 grids would enhance the transmission capacity to supply 5,660MW power by the end of Twelfth Five-Year Plan (2012-17), a power demand projected by the Central Electricity Authority’s 18th power survey.

The state government has now turned its focus to strengthen the transmission and distribution network after it made an assessment that it would get around 4,000MW by the end of 2015 when Assembly elections are scheduled.