North Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited has adopted a slew of measures to strengthen the distribution network in the region.
The distribution company has decided to replace 25km to 30km of worn-out wires every month and install additional power transformers or increase the capacity of various power sub-stations in the districts of north Bihar.
The execution of the project may be linked to the chief minister’s announcement of replacing dilapidated wires of around 72,000km across the state. North Bihar Power Distribution Company Ltd managing director Sanjay Kumar Agrawal has issued directives to the officials concerned to replace 25km to 30km of dilapidated wires every month to ensure smooth and quality power supply and also prevent any untoward incident owing to snapping of wires.
“Under the special programme, around 1,000km of electric cables would be replaced in May in 21 districts of north Bihar,” Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Ltd deputy general manager H.R. Pandey told The Telegraph.
In case of grievances, consumers can lodge complaints on the helpline number — 1800 3456 198 — launched on Monday. The helpline would operate between 10am and 5pm Mondays to Saturdays.
According to energy minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav’s statement made in the Assembly during the budget session in March, the power company has so far been able to replace 19,056km of wires against a target of 72,000km of worn-out wires. Yadav, in his speech, said the government has earmarked Rs 221 crore for replacement of old wires across the state within three years.
MD Agrawal directed the company officials to install additional transformers at power sub-stations in different districts of north Bihar.“Considering the frequent problems of load in Hajipur industrial area, an additional transformer of 10MVA is being installed at sub-stations located in the industrial area,” Agrawal said.
The restructuring of the erstwhile Bihar State Electricity Board into five companies led to the formation of one holding company, one each for generation and transmission, and two distribution companies. North Bihar Power Distribution Company Ltd caters to three electric supply areas, which include Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Saharsa, Purnea, Chhapra and Motihari among others. South Bihar Power Distribution Company Ltd caters to four electric supply areas, which include Patna, rural Patna, Bhagalpur, Gaya and Nalanda among others.