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Multi-crore 100 megawatt (MW) power grid station becomes operational

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Jamshedpur, June 30 : The ambitious multi-crore 100 megawatt (MW) power grid station at Baliguma on NH-33 on the outskirts of Jamshedpur started functioning from Friday. The long awaited project is aimed at ending power woes of residents of Mango.

Power Grid Corporation of India Limited ( PGCIL) has executed the project and it will be monitored by Jharkhand UrjaSancharan Nigam Limited, the transmission wing of state power department.

General manager of Jharkhand UrjaVikas Nigam Limited’s (JUVNL) Singhbhum electricity supply area K.K. Verma said that they had already charged two transformers at the grid early this morning and the power supply through the new grid commenced from the evening.

In the absence of a power grid sub-station, the entire Mango locality with a population of around two lakh used to suffer especially during peak summers due to frequent breakdowns. With the Baliguma power grid sub-station coming into existence, the power crisis at the densely-populated Mango will come to an end.

Verma informed that it is a 132 KV/33 KV power grid which came up with an estimated cost of Rs 45 crore. He said earlier the power supply in Mango where about 60 MW power is required was dependent completely on the Gamharia Grid.

Located along the NH-33 about 10 kms away from the heart of the city, the Baliguma power grid sub-station was installed at a plot of six acres of land. A pet project of Jamshedpur West legislator and food and civil supply minister Saryu Roy, the project had earlier missed several deadlines because of delay in the construction work of the grid.

Presently, Mango locality faces power cuts between 8-10 hours daily. Residents also complain about load shedding and voltage fluctuations. But, the JUVNL general manager said all such problems would get over once the new grid is commissioned.

The multi-crore 100MW grid substation at Baliguma raised on six acres had already missed four inauguration deadlines in the past. ” The power grid sub-station is aimed to reduce the distance of power transmission line.

Presently, the 33 KV power transmission line is drawn from Gamharia and Chandil which comes to the Pardih sub-station from where it is supplied to various localities in Mango.

The new powergrid sub-station was planned to avoid dependence on the Gamharia or the Manique grid in Chandil,” explained an official.

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