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BSES proposes to push power lines underground

Taking a cue from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation,the BSES has submitted an ambitious proposal to the Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Corporation for the electrification of the Walled City.

Written by Mandakini Gahlot | New Delhi |
June 12, 2009 1:39:33 am

Taking a cue from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC),the BSES has submitted an ambitious proposal to the Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Corporation for the electrification of the Walled City.

Adding to their own proposal,submitted about two years ago,the discom has now proposed that hi-tech equipment be used for micro-tunneling and trenching to shift underground electricity infrastructure such as overhead high-tension and distribution wires.

Micro tunneling has been used on a much larger scale by the DMRC for building its underground metro routes.

“The concept is similar to what the DMRC has done,except it will be on a much smaller scale. Our proposal suggests that all utilities can use this system. Gas lines,water pipelines and electricity wires can all be moved underground,” explained Gopal Saxena,Chief Operating Officer for BSES Yamuna Power Ltd,who submitted the proposal to the Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Corporation (SRC) on Tuesday

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“We have also conveyed that we would be willing to provide a detailed report on the concept,” Saxena said.

Before submitting its initial proposal to the Delhi government,two years ago,the discom had conducted a survey in the Walled city. “Overhead wires in the Walled city are a major scourge. There was an urgent need to revamp the infrastructure. The new proposal essentially suggests a hi-tech answer to what we had suggested earlier,” another BSES official said.

Meanwhile,Savitur Prasad,Managing Director of SRC,confirmed that a meeting was held with BSES. “We have asked the discom to examine the area and advise us accordingly. Once we arrive on a solution,we hope to fund the electrification drive under the JNNURM or the Power Ministry’s Accelerated Power Development and Reforms (APDR) program,” Prasad said.

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BSES officials also said the initial proposal was stuck in bureaucratic hurdles for two years. “Mr Kapil Sibal tried to push the Urban Development department to fund it,but decisions were delayed. Now that an autonomous body has been set up for the redevelopment of the Walled City,we hope things will move faster,” an official said.

The discom has said the entire project could cost up to Rs 1,000 crore,if the micro tunneling option is accepted. The project,if cleared,will be implemented in phases with the Jama Masjid area assigned as Phase-I. “We anticipate that electrification of the entire Walled City could take anywhere between two to three years if we are given the go-ahead,” the official said.

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First published on: 12-06-2009 at 01:39:33 am

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