Bhubaneswar: The State Government on Tuesday launched Odisha Distribution System Strengthening Project to ensure uninterrupted and quality electricity supply to consumers.The State Government has decided to invest Rs 2,600 crore for construction of 500 new 33/11-KV substations across the State, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. It will put an end to the low voltage woes in the state, Patnaik added.
Upgradation of power distribution infrastructure needed extra attention from the state government as Odisha currently has 588 substations in total with 193 33 kV substations separated by a distance of more than 30 km, resulting in huge transmission losses. The project will be implemented in a phased manner within a period of three years. A total of 175 sub-stations each will be constructed in the first and second phases and balance 150 sub-stations will be constructed in the last phase.Agriculture will get a strong boost by the project, Mr. Patnaik said, while adding that as part of the agriculture budget, a new scheme for construction of separate dedicated feeders for agriculture and pisciculture clusters was also being implemented at a total Project cost of Rs.1,000 crore.
The state energy department has also initiated steps to lay underground cables in important areas such as Puri temple, Lingaraj emple and Samaleswari temple, informed energy minister Arun Sahoo.