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Demand for power has increased by 14 per cent in one year in the State

Automation of substations to be taken up

at a cost of Rs. 85 crore

BANGALORE: To keep up with the growing demand for electricity and to plan ahead for the next 20 years, Energy Minister H.D. Revanna on Saturday said 28 new power sub-stations would come up in Bangalore the next few months, for which the foundation stone would be laid on October 1.

Mr. Revanna told presspersons here that the 28 sub-stations would cost Rs. 2,861 crore, and would be completed in 18 months. Monday would see the dedication of six new sub-stations at Electronics City.

The Minister said the number of consumers had risen from 16 lakh in 1999 to 28 lakh at present, which was a 75 per cent increase in seven years. In a matter of one year, the consumption had increased in Bangalore city from 7,206 million units in 2005-06 to 8,200 million units in 2006-07, an increase of 14 per cent.

In 1999, Bangalore had 40 sub-stations, and now it was 78.

Additions

During the seven years, Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd (KPTCL) and Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) had added several facilities to improve power supply.

To maintain quality and reliability of electricity supply, KPTCL had formed 220 kV Ring Main systems around the city. In 2006, another 400 kV Ring Main system was added. To meet future needs, which were expected to be around 2,600 MW by 2011-12, KPTCL planned to commission 34 new sub-stations, at a cost of Rs. 1,520 crore. Sub-station automation was planned to be undertaken at a cost of Rs. 85 crore.

BESCOM planned to upgrade distribution automation at a cost of Rs. 563 crore, Mr. Revanna said.

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