State plans 3600cr to set up agri feeder, sub-station

Bhubaneswar: In an attempt to provide uninterrupted power supply to farmers and thereby increase agricultural productivity, the State government has decided to spend Rs 1,000 crore to install separate Dedicated Agriculture Feeder throughout the State.
Similarly, it will invest Rs 2,600 cr to set up as many as 520 new sub-stations across the state. This was decided at a state cabinet meeting here on Thursday chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Both the projects were proposed by the State Energy department.
Informing about the agri feeder project, Energy secretary PK Jena said, “We aim to complete the project within four years. The project will be possessed by  State-owned Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited (OPTCL).”
“Precautionary measures will be taken while laying power lines especially in the forest area,” added Jena.
According to officials, the installation of sub-stations will be completed within three years. The Energy department has estimated to reduce ATC (Aggregate Technical and Commercial) losses by three per cent. Therefore, the state will benefit by Rs 255 crore annually in case ATC loss is reduced by three per cent, they added.
Jena said though the state has 573 existing sub-stations, it requires about 1200 sub-stations in order to suppl quality power to the consumers.

While a 33 KV sub-station will have line length up to 30 km, the electricity supply line length of each 11 KV substation to be limited with 20 KM.