To improve power supply in districts under its purview
Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (APEPDCL) will speed up the work on its sub-stations that were sanctioned, to improve the power supply in the districts under its purview. This was decided at a review meeting held here on Thursday. The meeting was chaired by Managing Director of APGENCO and in-charge CMD of APTRANSCO K. Vijayanand.
Addressing the media, he said, “We have drawn a timeline and an action plan to complete all sub-stations that were sanctioned, with in the next 8 to 10 months.”
In the 400 kv category, work is to be started in three sub-stations, one each in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and West Godavari. There is also a proposal to initiate one in Visakhapatnam and in East Godavari.
In the 220 kv category, work was in progress on one sub-station in Vizianagaram. While one each was to be started in Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and East Godavari, two are in the proposal stage for West Godavari, he said.
In the 132 kv category, work was in progress on five sub-stations, with one in Srikakulam, three in Visakhapatnam and one in West Godavari. Work was to be started on 10 sub-stations and 18 were in the proposal stage, spread across the five districts.
On 24-hour supply to domestic and industry and nine-hour free supply to the agriculture sector, as promised by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, he said that plans were afoot and were being discussed with a committee from the Central Government.
On coal shortage at power plants, he said that about foru lakh tonnes of coal was being imported and an agreement had been signed with Western Coalfields for four lakh tonnes and with Mahanadi Coalfields for two lakh tonnes. “By the month end we will have surplus stock for at least 15 days at all power plants,” he said.
According to him, the present transmission rate was about 135 million units and steps were being taken to augment it by another 4 to 5 million units.
Chairman of APEPDCL M.V. Seshagiri Babu said that about Rs. 1,000 crore was due from the government by way of subsidy and the issue was being addressed at the highest level.