CUTTACK: Electric poles will soon be a thing of the past in the Millennium City. After Puri and Bhubaneswar, Cuttack city will avail power through underground cable system.
Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC), Central Range Akhil Bihari Ota on Monday conducted a special meeting to chalk out plans for underground cabling works in order to improve the existing power supply infrastructure in Cuttack.
For smooth laying of underground cables, the city has been divided into five zones. As per the decision in the meeting, underground cabling work will be undertaken in Madhupatna, Badambadi, Dolamundai and Ranihat localities of the city in the first phase.
A sum of `142 crore has been initially estimated for expenditure towards underground cabling work of 33 KV, 11 KV and LT lines in the first phase.
As per calculation, 61 km long underground cables will be laid to cover the city. The tender for underground cabling work in Cuttack has been completed and work, which is scheduled to begin in January, 2017, will be completed within 18 months.
‘’The Millennium City is often facing difficulties in availing uninterrupted power supply due to frequent glitches in overhead electric lines. Introduction of underground cabling system will help provide uninterrupted power supply to the residents of the city,’’ Ota said. The underground system will also enable people to avail uninterrupted power supply even during natural disasters, he added.