PUDUCHERRY: Power cuts in the Union Territory will end with the commissioning of a 110/11 KV sub-station at Venkatanagar before the end of this month, said Minister for Power T Thiagarajan.
“We are awaiting a safety certificate from the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) anytime, following which the sub-station will become operational,” Thiagarajan told Express after inspecting the newly constructed sub-station on Wednesday.
“Inspection by CEA is over and even the advice given by the inspection team has been complied with,” said superintending engineer-II S Shankar and superintending engineer-III D Ravi. Once the certificate was received, the sub-station would be energised for stability and then supply. Tentatively, the energising had been slated for June 27, they added.
The new sub-station will take some load off the 110/22 KV sub-station at Marapalam, which is the main source of distribution in town areas. Currently, Marapalam SS can handle 57 MVA, when the peak hour load goes high leading to power cuts, said Electricity department officials. The Venkatanagar sub-station has a capacity of 63 MVA.
Five feeders to connect Muthialpet and adjoining areas would also be taken up shortly through the Project Implementation Agency of the government at an estimated cost of Rs 35 crore (with World Bank loan), sources said. Tenders have been floated and a minimum of three months will be needed to complete the work said Ravi.