Puducherry takes up power system upgrade

Streamlining distribution:The Electricity Department plans to renovate and modernise the Villianur substation under a Centrally sponsored scheme.T. SINGARAVELOUT_Singaravelou  

The Electricity Department has initiated a slew of works to upgrade power distribution infrastructure in the urban areas of Puducherry.

Utilising the funds allocated by the Union Government for the power sector, the department has started installing new transformers and replacing oil-type ring main units (a switchgear used for medium voltage power distribution) with the gas-based units.

Under the Centre’s Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (RAPDRP), the department will install 200 new transformers of varying capacity. The Centre has sanctioned Rs. 84.78 crore under the programme for power infrastructure improvement.

The installation of new transformers will bring a permanent solution to the problem of low voltage and distribution problems normally associated with overloading of transformers, a senior official with the department told The Hindu .

Moreover, the replacement of existing ring units and their linking to the Supervisory Control Centre would bring more efficiency in the distribution network. The new units will have inbuilt mechanism to trip whenever there is a voltage surge. It will make the distribution network more safe, the official added.

Electronic meters

The department had plans to replace existing meters with electronic energy meters. Under RAPDRP, Deen Dayal Upadhaya Gram Jyoti Yojana and Integrated Power Development Scheme, around 1. 5 lakh electronic energy meters would be installed. The installation of the new meters would help arrest power theft and loss leading to more revenue generation, he added.

The three Central schemes would be tapped to lay underground cable lines, especially in areas close to the seashore.

Another major work the department proposed to take up was to modernise the old substations at Bahour and Villianur. The substations, the receiving point of electricity from Neyveli Lignite Corporation, would see a major overhaul of equipment under the Power System Development Fund, another Centrally sponsored scheme.

New euipment

Of the projects worth Rs. 10.5 crore to be taken up in the two substations, the Centre would provide 90% of the amount.

The substations would get two new transformers, a current sensing equipment used for measurement and protection purpose.

The control and relay panels would be replaced, the official said.

Meanwhile, the department was in final stages of completing the 230 kV substation at Karaikal. Once the sub-station becomes operational, the department would stop drawing power from Tamil Nadu and then switch over to the Central power generating units for drawing power, the official said.