RESIDENTS OF southern sectors can hope for improved power supply as the Power Grid has initiated work on setting up a 220 kilovolt (kv) sub-station at Hallomajra. This will be the second 220KV sub-station in the city and is expected to be operational by the end of next year. The electricity department desperately needs another 220KV sub-station as the ageing infrastructure is not capable of coping with ever-increasing load. There are 13 66KV sub-stations and five 33KV sub-stations in the city. Each sub-station has a life span of 25 years and around six 66KV sub-stations have completed their life span.
UT superintending engineer M P Singh said, once commissioned, the new sub-station would help the department meet the load for next 20 years.
The existing infrastructure has the maximum load capacity of 410 megawatt (MW). This year, during summer season, southern sectors faced a tough time due to frequent outages caused by overloading of the system.
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The total cost of the project is around Rs 150 crore, which will be funded by the Power Ministry. The Chandigarh Administration has given land measuring around 3 acres for the project.
The project has been marred by delays. The project was accorded approval by the Power Ministry’s standing committee on power planning in January 2013. Thereafter, the electricity department struggled to get land allotted for the project. After toiling hard, land measuring 3 acres was allotted at Hallomajra for the project.
The proposal of conventional outdoor sub-station submitted by the Power Grid to the Power Ministry for approval was initially rejected. The ministry had asked the Power Grid to set up underground sub-station instead of conventional sub-station. However, the ministry later accorded approval for conventional sub-station as underground sub-station would have escalated the cost and delayed the project.
The electricity department caters to a total of 2.12 lakh consumers, out of whom 1.75 lakh are in the domestic category. Of the total, there is regular billing of around 94 per cent of consumers.