North Bihar to get two more grid substations

Two more grid substations to come up in north Bihar

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Power transmission in north Bihar is likely to get a major boost by next summer as two grid substations – one in Darbhanga and the other at Areraj in East Champaran district – are expected to be commissioned by December-end and February-end, respectively.

The 400/132kV grid substation at Areraj would supply power to West Champaran, Sitamarhi, East Champaran and Sheohar districts, whereas the 400/220kV grid substation at Darbhanga would reduce the load on the existing grid substation at Muzaffarpur. The projects are being executed by Darbhanga Motihari Transmission Company Limited.

“The two new grid substations are together expected to provide a major boost to power transmission in north Bihar. As of now, power is being supplies to West Champaran and few neighbouring districts through 220kV grid substation at Gopalganj, which is already burdened with supply to Gopalganj, Siwan and neighbouring districts. However, much of the load on Gopalganj grid substation would be reduced with the commissioning of the new grid substation at Areraj,” Pratyaya Amrit, energy department principal secretary and chairman-cum-managing director of Bihar State Power Holding Company told.

A grid substation is a subsidiary station of an electricity distribution system, where voltage is transformed from high to low using transformers. As of now, there are four grid substations in north Bihar and they are located at Muzaffarpur (400/ 220kV), Purnia (400/220kV), Kishanganj (220/132kV) and Gopalganj (220/132KV).

Augmentation in power transmission apart, the energy department is also expected to commence work on providing electricity connection to above poverty line (APL) families in the rural areas from November 15. Sources claimed that camps would be set up in different districts for enrolling people for new electric connections.

The survey for the electrification work has almost completed, except for around six districts, where it is in the final stages. Around 48 lakh APL families are targeted to be provided electricity under the seven resolves of chief minister Nitish Kumar and all works are slated to be completed by the end of 2017.

Funds to the tune of Rs 1,897 crore are estimated to be spent on the project. Energy department officials claimed that the families to be provided the electric connections would be allowed to pay the installation expenses in up to 10 instalments.

Source: TOI
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