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Underground cables work yet to start in Sector 8

CHANDIGARH: More than two years have handed, but the UT electricity department's formidable challenge of conversion of current overhead strains to an underground device and substitute of infrastructure in Sector eight, is but to start.

The planning for the challenge started in January 2017, however until date the electricity department has didn't discover a bidder for the challenge.

Requesting anonymity, a senior authentic of UT engineering department said that the electricity department had floated tenders for the challenge 3 times however there were no takers. Now the dep. has made some changes within the soft report and the paintings at the challenge will get started best after parliament election procedure will get over, he added.

The UT management had finalised the conversion of current overhead strains to the underground device and substitute of infrastructure in Sector eight. The joint electricity regularity fee (JERC) have already accorded approval for capital expenditure of Rs 17.89 crore for the challenge on pilot basis.

The department had picked Sector eight, as the prevailing infrastructure is ready 5 a long time previous and frequently breaks down, particularly all through top summer time.

The challenge was part of UT electricity department's 20-year highway map for bettering energy infrastructure within the city.

According to the authentic record, there are 5 33 KV sub-stations and 13 66 KV sub-stations located in several portions of the town. Accoding to laid-down norms, a sub-station has a existence span of 25 years. Around six 66 KV sub-stations have crossed their existence span and the number of such sub-stations will continue to grow.

To cope with the problem, the dep. has ready an in depth challenge report (DPR) for the upgradation of infrastructure, which the dep. plans to execute in a phased approach within the next 20 years at a cost of Rs 2,773 crore.

The plan states that a overall of 12 new 66KV grid sub-stations will likely be established while all the current 66KV sub-stations will likely be upgraded within the next 10 years. There is overhead transmission line of two,037km within the city, which will likely be converted into underground line.

The department has set a deadline of 10 years for the final touch of the paintings. There could also be a plan to put in 1,825 new distribution transformers.

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