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19 K Cr Power Infra

In another significant step towards disaster management, Odisha has prepared Rs 19,000 crore for creating disaster resilient power infrastructure in nine coastal districts of the State as it moves on the path towards building such infrastructure.

This was discussed at a high level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy here on Thursday.

Considering various facts of the plan and progress made so far, the Chief Secretary directed the concerned departments to expedite the implementation on emergency basis.

Further, he directed GRIDCO and OPTCL to form a ‘Think Tank’ to add expertise on technical, financial, quality monitoring, advocacy and regulative issues of the projects under the plan.

The DISCOMs were advised to participate in the ‘think tank’.

Adding to Chief Secretary, Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra emphasized on prioritizing the work on mission mode since the new resilient system will save huge loss of public property due to frequent cyclones.

It was decided to take up four districts namely Kendrapara, Bhadrakh, Balasore and Jagatsinghpur in the first phase; and, five other costal districts namely Puri, Cuttack, Khordha, Ganjam and Gajpati in second phase.

The draft work plan was deliberated in the meeting, said officials.

Additional Chief Secretary and Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena suggested making the overhead cabling and poles resilient against the wind speed of 300 km per hour.

He said, the highest recorded wind speed during cyclones in South Asia region is around 315 kms per hour.

It was decided that underground cabling would be done in town areas and cyclone resilient overhead cabling would be done in rural areas.

The bare conductors would be converted to insulated and bunched conductors. The DP mounted substations would be converted either to compact or to retrofitting substations as per the suitability.

All 220, KV 132 KV, 33 KV and 11 KV lines would be converted and made resilient. Gas Insulated ‘H’ type structures would be raised for 33 and 11 KV lines.

An estimate of around Rs.19,000 crore was prepared for both these phases.

Financial Director , GRIDCO Gagan Swain appraised that the incubation period for the project would be three years after necessary approval from the Union Government.

The resilient power system will yield a number of benefits like quick restoration of power supply after disaster and its high resilience to wind pressure will save loss of public property caused by repeated cyclones while it will reduce the chances of accidents, cater to demand growth and  will contain the extent of T & D loss, Swain said.

Principal Secretary Energy Nikunaja Bihari Dhal, Principal Secretary Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment Saurabh Garg, Principal Secretary Finance Ashok Meena, CEO Tata Power Sen Bagum along with senior officers of concerned departments participated in
 


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