Power infra set to get a boost

APSPDCL Superintending Engineer N. Venkateswarlu displaying a poster showing different mobile applications through which electricity bills can be paid.Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar  

The AP-Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (SPDCL) is setting up a Gas-Insulated Substation (GIS) costing about Rs. 80 crore near the State guest house in Vijayawada and 18 new indoor substations at a cost of Rs. 4.50 crore each.

Construction of the GIS, for which a 132KV underground cable is being drawn from Gunadala, has begun and it would be ready by April-May 2019.

Besides, existing 33KV and 11KV lines are being replaced with covered conductors with an outlay of Rs. 100 crore. These infrastructure upgrading works were aimed at ensuring reliable and safe power supply in the city, said SPDCL Superintending Engineer (Operations) N. Venkateswarlu.

Addressing media persons here on Thursday, Mr. Venkateswarlu said the covered conductors entailed an expenditure of Rs. 10 lakh per circuit kilometre but it was given priority to provide best quality power supply in the city. Two outdoor substations, one on government polytechnic road and the other at Gandhi Hill are being converted into semi-indoor facilities on a trial basis for the sake of beautification.

Agri motors

Sixty-five thousand remote-operated 5HP submersible agricultural motors were targeted to be distributed free of cost in Krishna district and nearly 5,000 have already been given to the farmers.

Steps were taken to deliver bills by 15th or 16th of every month and send alerts in case of power outages through the Urja Mitra mobile application. As of now, about 70% of the consumers were getting these alerts.