Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday inaugurated seven power infrastructure projects worth Rs 450 crore through videoconferencing.
The Chief Minister has inaugurated six high-power grid substations in Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Sambalpur, Kendujhar and Khordha districts and a 220 kv transmission line from Balangir to Kesinga.
With the inauguration of these projects, farmers, students and women in these districts will be benefited. He said small-scale industries and irrigation projects would also benefit from these projects, the CM said.
Electricity is the lifeline of development. Like water, electricity is also highly necessary for everyone today, he said, appealing to the people for proper use of the energy.
He further said that the state government had launched the scheme ‘the Odisha Distribution System Strengthening Project’ at an estimated cost of Rs 3,800 crore to provide quality electricity to the people. Under this scheme, so far, 430 33/11 kv substations have been installed.
To address the low-voltage problem in the state, the government will spend Rs 1,800 crore in the fourth phase of the scheme, he informed.
Ministers Sushant Singh, Ashok Panda, Dibya Shankar Mishra & Premananda Nayak and Gunpur MLA Raghunath Gamang attended the function through different districts. Secretary to CM (5T) VK Pandian moderated the event.
The function was attended by Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Energy Secretary Nikunj Bihari Dhal and other senior officials of the Energy Department.