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Transformer capacity increase for better supply

Patna, July 26: South Bihar Power Distribution Company Ltd (SBPDCL) has decided to install 500KV capacity distribution transformers for the first time to ensure uninterrupted energy supply.

Around seven to eight lakh people of Patna Electric Supply Undertaking (Pesu’s) five divisions of Patliputra, Gardanibagh, Dakbungalow, New Capital and Danapur would benefit from the move.

Pesu west superintending engineer Dilip Kumar Singh said: “We have decided to install 500KV capacity distribution transformers in the city for the first time. We would also carry out capacity augmentation of different types of transformers in phases.”

The undertaking’s move would reduce frequent power cuts in Patna, especially in the western part owing to transformers burning up because of overload. Pesu, which caters to the power supply need of urban Patna, has around 4,000 distribution transformers of different capacities (315KVA, 200KVA and 100KVA) in all the 10 supply divisions.

These 500KV capacity transformers would be installed at 40 places.

Besides, the undertaking would also install 1,530 additional distribution transformers in the western part of the city, which has a large number of heavily loaded areas. Owing to overload on the transformers, areas getting power supply through over-loaded transformers are more prone to frequent power cuts.

The undertaking has identified certain places in its five divisions where 500 distribution transformers of 200KV would be replaced with 315KV, he said, adding that 100KV and 200KV capacity additional distribution transformers would be either installed or replaced at 300 different locations to tide over the problem of load.