PM lays foundation stone for 7 EHV Sub-stations and 24 LT Sub-stations in Arunachal Pradesh

By Sarkaritel February 9, 2019 16:12

9 February, 2019, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for 7 EHV Sub-stations and 24 LT Sub-stations on 9th February, 2019 (Saturday) in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. The project is being implemented by Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID) a ‘Navratna’ Company under Ministry of Power, Government of India.

On this occasion Hon’ble PM, said, “It’ll improve state power sector, facilitate development of small scale/cottage industries/tourism in the state by enabling quality supply of power.”The present per capita power consumption of state is 233 kwhr against national average of 1075 kWh. The existing Power Transmission and Distribution system needed a major reconstruction and integration with National Grid to meet the present and future load requirement as well as to fuel faster economic growth.

The scheme comprises construction of 24 new 132/33 kV (EHV) Sub-stations with 529 MVA transformation capacity and 70 new 33/11 kV Distribution Sub-stations with 465 MVA transformation capacity apart from laying of 1917 kms of 132 kV Transmission Lines and 1923 kms of 33 kV Lines.

Contracts for construction of 18 Nos. 132/33 kV Sub-stations, 1716 Kms of 132 kV Transmission Lines and 46 Nos. 33/11 kV Sub-stations with associated 33 kV lines of 1202 kms have been awarded. The construction activities in 13 Nos. 132/33 kV Sub-stations, 21 Nos. 33/11 kV Sub-stations and associated lines under the awarded contracts have already been commenced.

It will also augment and improve the present distribution system through 33 kV & 11 kV lines to villages and towns including remote and border areas ensuring strong and reliable transmission & distribution system in the state in coming years (present load is about 138 MW, projected load as per 19th EPS is 482 MW by 2026-27).

The monetary saving due to reduction in operation of Diesel Generating Plants will lead to better life for the people of the region and also help in protection of environment. It will not only help minimize reliance on diesel, but will also save import expenditure in foreign currency incurred on crude oil, thereby benefiting the state exchequer.

The project will also facilitate in development of small scale/cottage industries/tourism in the region and boost socio-economic growth by enabling supply of quality power. It will give impetus to integration of upcoming Hydro Power Generating Plants in Arunachal Pradesh with the National Grid and will facilitate lying of optical fiber (33 kV) to help extending communication facility to the small towns/villages. It shall boost local economy of the entire state with infusion of about Rs. 6501 Crore and also by creating opportunities for long-term support of the new infrastructure.

This project is a major step towards meeting the national objectives of affordable 24X7 power to all, especially in the remote locations of Arunachal Pradesh for inclusive growth through enhancement in access of consumers to Grid connected power supply, its availability, adequacy, reliability and affordability. This shall also help in bringing the per capita power consumption of the state closer to national average.

The Comprehensive Scheme for Strengthening of Transmission & Distribution (T&D) Systems in Arunachal Pradesh was sanctioned on 10th October, 2014 under Central Sector Plan Scheme of Ministry of Power, Govt. of India at an estimated cost of ₹3,199.45 Crores (at April, 2013 price level) to be funded by Govt. of India.

The event was attended by a graceful gathering at Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, in the gracious presence of Brigadier (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.), Hon’ble Governor, Arunachal Pradesh, Shri TenzingNorbuThongdok, Hon’ble Speaker, Arunachal Pradesh, Shri Pema Khandu, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh, Shri Kiren Rijiju, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, along with Shri Chowna Mein, Deputy Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh.

Also present on this occasion were Secretary (Power) Government of India, Shri A. K. Bhalla, CMD, POWERGRID, Shri Ravi P. Singh, Director (Projects) POWERGRID, Shri R. K. Chauhan, Executive Director (NERPSIP) POWERGRID, Shri Rajiv Kumar, Shri AnanthaSarma, ED (NERTS), Shri T. C. Sarmah, ED (BDD) apart from other senior officials of state government and POWERGRID.

Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID), is the ‘Central Transmission Utility (CTU)’ of the country, is engaged in power transmission business with the responsibility for planning, co-ordination, supervision and control over inter-state transmission system and operation of National & Regional power grids. POWERGRID is one of the World’s Largest Power Transmission Utility, and has a wide network of 151,380 circuit kilometres transmission lines, with 239 Sub-stations and transformation capacity of 353,344 MVA.

By Sarkaritel February 9, 2019 16:12