Ranchi, Aug. 7: Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) chairman R.N. Nayak is coming to Ranchi on August 13 to oversee arrangements for Narendra Modi’s proposed visit to Ranchi on August 21 during which time the Prime Minister is likely to inaugurate a Rs 800 crore grid substation.
The grid substation at Bero, 29km from Ranchi, has been constructed by PGCIL on a 90-acre plot, within a record time of 18 months.
According to sources, there is a one-and-half-hour window from 10am to 11.30am when the programme could take place. “But since there is no chopper landing space at Bero, located on Ranchi-Gumla highway, an online inauguration will be done from the grounds of Prabhat Tara School at HEC, Ranchi,” said an official.
The Bero station is equipped with two transformers, each with a capacity of 500 MVA (mega volt ampere) that would enable it to buy power from any part of the country and transfer it out of the state.
The 765/400 KVA (kilo volt ampere) grid substation at Bero is the largest and the safest of its kind and would be capable of handling a load of 5000 MW plus, officials said.
They pointed out that the Bero station was connected through a 765 KVA high voltage line from Chhattisgarh and another 400 MVA line to Gaya in Bihar via Chandwa in Jharkhand to facilitate transfer of power from any part of the country to Jharkhand and vice-versa.
The sub station would also be capable of evacuating all the power generated from Jharkhand.
But, while the corporation is going ahead with the arrangements, state energy minister Rajendra Prasad Singh said he had no knowledge of the Prime Minister’s proposed visit on August 21.
“I am in Shimla in connection with an INTUC conference. Till date, I do not have any official confirmation of the Prime Minister’s visit,” he told The Telegraph over telephone.