Telangana to Have Steady Power Supply This Year

In view of the large increase in power consumption and huge demand in Greater Hyderabad, the Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (TSSPDCL) is taking measures to create the required infrastructure with an investment of Rs 240 crore.

TSSPDCL is making efforts to provide reliable uninterrupted power to consumers in the state throughout this year too. Towards this end, the distribution system is being strengthened by charging new 33/11 KV sub-stations, enhancing the capacities of transformers and erecting more distribution transformers with an expenditure of Rs 240 crore in this financial year.

Besides, to the meet the rising demand during summer, power will be procured from producers in competitive bidding, TSSPDCL chairman and managing director G Raghuma Reddy has said.

To provide uninterrupted power supply in the upcoming summer, mandatory maintenance work was undertaken on 1,171 feeders from February 15 to 28 with a minimal outage of one hour and 38 minutes per maintenance work.

In the capital, power consumption per day, as of March 2, increased to 46.38 million units from 38.06 MU as on March 2 last year, an increase of around 22 pc. The maximum demand increased to 2,240 MW as on March 2 from 2,086 MW as on March 2, 2015. This increase in demand and consumption is due to revival of sick industries thanks to stable and uninterrupted power supply being provided by TSSPDCL.

To provide daytime power supply for nine hours to agriculture, TSSPDCL is spending Rs 680 crore on erecting 344 additional PTRs, enhancing the capacity of 328 existing PTRs to make a total capacity addition of 2,631 MVA. Further, bifurcation and laying of interlinking 33 KV lines of 1,990 km will be taken up.

Water Grid: To create the necessary infrastructure to handle 104.05 MW of additional power required for the water grid (Mission Bhagiratha) project, Rs 48.91 crore is being spent by TSSPDCL.

With the investment, necessary power lines and bay extensions are being taken up at various voltage levels.

Prior to Telangana state’s formation there were huge load relief. Load relief for four to eight hours to domestic and other consumers and a day power holiday to industries were given during 2013-14 and till the first half of 2014-15.

During 2015-16 (till January) there was no load relief due to the pro-active steps taken by TSSPDCL in power purchase as well as infrastructure developments, Raghuma Reddy claimed.

Source: The New Indian Express

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