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Plan for power museum at grid
- Three-day programme starts at Gaurichak, energy officials propose development of facility

The power holding company would develop a museum at its Gaurichak grid, on the outskirts of Patna, the details of which would be chalked out soon.

Energy secretary Pratyaya Amrit on Wednesday announced the plan to develop the museum while inaugurating a three-day training programme on transmission at the grid.

He instructed Bhaskar Sharma, director (projects), to chalk out a detailed project report for the museum. “You give me the details and requirements for this power museum and I will sanction the money,” said Amrit.

The Gaurichak grid, around 25km south of Patna, is equipped with a training facility for transmission work. Present at Wednesday’s inauguration was Sanjay Kumar Singh, the managing director of Bihar State Power Transmission Company.

This is the first batch being trained at the facility.

Experts from private companies ABB and Alstom are training 47 assistant engineers and junior engineers on control, protection and sub-station automation system.

Amrit, also the chairman-cum-managing director of the Bihar State Power (Holding) Company, is known for his different style of working and he plans to make a mark in the energy department too.

He said: “We are going to make this grid a state-of-the-art training centre. I will ensure that a lounge with sofas and television sets is developed here, especially for school children who would visit the proposed museum. We would be able to attract young people then. The items displayed in the proposed museum should be self-explanatory.”

He added: “The engineers should also be trained in such an environment that they don’t feel pressured. We would also develop an indoor stadium with badminton courts and table tennis boards so that the engineers can unwind between training.”

Amrit would send 10 engineers to Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a week’s training from August 17. When he was secretary in the road construction department, he had also sent 150 and odd engineers abroad for training.

On Wednesday, Amrit also inspected the grid and checked construction of a separate building for training. It is being developed on the premises of the grid and is scheduled to be end in December.

Sanjay, the power transmission company’s managing director, also said: “Soon, we would have different services such as library and laboratories so that engineers from other states too can come here for training.”

He added: “Many times I have seen that our engineers are not aware of the technology available with us. For instance, if there is any energy fault, engineers patrol the city to detect the fault, which takes hours. We already have a system in the control room of this grid where the machine can detect a fault and give details about the section or zone it is found. So, our engineers have to be technologically updated to work fast.”