It involves replacing outdated power cables in 5 districts

The Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (APEPDCL), in partnership with the Union Power Ministry, has embarked on an infrastructure modernisation scheme – Restructured Advance Power Distribution Reforms Project (RAPDRP) – at a cost of Rs.430 crore.

The project involves modernisation and replacing of outdated power cables, transformers and other equipment in the five districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam and East and West Godavari districts.

It will spend Rs.54 crore on improving infrastructure in nine towns, including Narsipatnam, Amudalavalasa, Bhimavaram, Eluru, Ichapuram, Mandapeta, Palasa, Pithapuram and Ramachandrapuram, where works are in progress.

APEPDCL also proposed to undertake a similar exercise in Visakhapatnam city, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram towns at a cost of Rs.374 crore.

APEPDCL Chairman-cum-Managing Director Ahmad Nadeem told The Hindu that the proposal to implement underground power cables project for the city costing Rs.170 crore is under the active consideration of the government. It is likely to be approved in the ongoing new financial year.

The project envisages removal of old electrical poles which are in bad shape and ridding the city of dangling cables and loosely knit wires apart from minimizing power transmission losses. The general public will also be free from dangers caused by disabled cables in times of heavy rains and natural catastrophes.

The project also facilitates overcoming of technical losses which occur on account of overloading of feeders and transformers, aging of conductors, poor low tension and high tension ratio, poor voltage regulation and low power factor. Commercial losses also occur because of un-metered consumers being billed on assessment basis, defective meters, tampering with meters and theft of energy.

For improving system reliability, work for implementing supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) is also being incorporated in the project. A specially designed mechanism will be in place to ensure uninterrupted power supply in case a transformer in the line gets immobilized.

Nadeem said that separate proposals for establishing underground cable network in the religious tourism destinations including Arasavilli in Srikakulam district, Simhachalam in Visakhapatnam district and Annavaram in East Godavari districts had been sent to the Centre for funding. The works will be undertaken if the Centre released special grants for it.


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