After attaining the power surplus capacity goals, Deputy CM Punjab Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal has initiated the second phase of this mission that is to ensure uninterrupted power supply in the state by December 2015. State government has envisioned strengthening of the transmission and distribution network of all the villages and towns of Punjab under various programmes to make this a reality.
It is to be noted that, at present, some parts of Punjab have been witnessing short power cuts regularly. This is because of the reason that the state government is in the process of upgrading prevalent power distribution infrastructure which includes laying open wires underground, upgrading transformers and so on. While this work has been stopped currently, keeping in consideration the extreme hot season, it will duly resume after couple of months.
Transmission and distribution (T&D) network of all villages and towns of the state will be strengthened at a cost of Rs 2514 crore. The main scope of work is to have new as well as augmentation of HT & LT lines, establish distribution transformers, replacing electro mechanical meters with electronic meters, shift meters outside consumer premises and erect new sub-stations and associated transmission lines. The work on this mission is in full swing; two 66 KV substations had been commissioned in Ludhiana, whereas, 9 other sub-stations namely Nabha, Kannoi and Khillrian in Sangrur, Gurdaspur, Batala, Pathankot, Tarantaran, and two in Amritsar are likely to be commissioned by the end of July.
After successfully launching the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Program (R-APRDRP) worth Rs. 1314 Crore for strengthening the T&D network of 47 towns having population more than 30000, state government has proposed Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) to cover 70 more towns having population 5000 or more. Under R-APRDR Program, the work is at advanced stage on 24 projects covering Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana East, Ludhiana West, Patti, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Phagwara, Gurdaspur, Pathankot, Tarntaran, Batala, Nakodar, Sunam, Sirhind, Nangal, Rajpura, Sangrur, Malerkotla, Samana, Nabha, Barnala, Kharar and Jagraon. The work on remaining 23 projects in various towns will be launched in coming days.
Following the plans of Deputy CM to ensure parallel development in urban and rural areas, the condition of the power infrastructure in the rural areas will be further enhanced under Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY). Under DDUGJ Yojna agricultural and non-agricultural feeders will be separated facilitating judicious rostering of supply to agricultural and non-agricultural consumers in the rural areas as well as strengthening and augmentation of infrastructure.
Deputy CM Mr. Badal himself promised, “People of the state will witness total revamping of power infrastructure, uninterrupted power supply, quality services by the end of this year and it would also increase state revenue”.
The achievements of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited has already gained the confidence of people of the state as PSPCL’s team has bagged three excellent and two distinguished ranks in the National Convention on Quality Concepts (NCQC-2014) that was held at Pune. Once these projects are completed, PSPCL will have another feather in its cap as there will be considerable abatement in Transmission & Distribution losses and reliable power supply will be assured to the people of Punjab.