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New power stations for smooth supply

- Eye on overload, Pesu decides to construct facilities in Patna City division

Patna Electric Supply Undertaking has decided to construct two sub-stations in its Patna City division to reduce the load on the existing facilities and provide consumers uninterrupted electricity.

The power body, at present, has 48 sub-stations in its 10 divisions. Combined, these supply power to 4 lakh consumers but come under a lot of burden leading to frequent power cuts. In such a situation, Patna Electric Supply Undertaking (Pesu)’s decision would strengthen the power supply system in the city and ensure uninterrupted supply.

The new sub-stations would come up on the premises of Guru Gobind Singh Hospital and BNR Training School.

“Some of the areas in the Patna City division are overloaded. So, we are planning to construct the two power sub-stations to reduce load on the existing facilities. We have conducted a survey and also identified the land,” Mrityunjay Singh, executive engineer, Pesu Patna City division, told The Telegraph.

He added that the plan was to set up three sub-stations, but the plot for the third facility (near Begumpur Jalla in Patna City) was unsuitable.

A.R. Hashmi, a resident of Alamganj, said: “Loadshedding is a frequent affair here and we never know when power would be restored. We hope the new sub-station would ensure better supply.”

Sources in Pesu said a proposal has been sent to authorities concerned for the transfer of land to the energy department. After the land is transferred, Pesu would send the proposal to the distribution company for final approval. Setting up each sub-station on a 1,200sqm area would cost around Rs 4.5 crore. The amount won’t include the cost of the land. Sources said once the construction work starts, it would take around four to six months to complete.

The sub-station proposed on the Guru Gobind Singh Hospital premises would take over care from the sub-stations at Mina Bazar and Mangal Talab. The one at BNR Training School would reduce the burden on the Gai Ghat and Nalanda Medical College and Hospital sub-stations. Once these are constructed, Pesu would be able to supply uninterrupted and quality (with proper voltage) power to the areas.

Apart from working on the new sub-stations, Pesu has also taken up the job to augment the capacity of six power-sub-stations in Pataliputra, SK Puri, AN College, Rajapur, Board Colony and Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences to beat frequent power cuts.