Even as the Rs 15,000-crore transmission project continues to remain embroiled in a controversy over change of conductors, the UP Transmission Corporation Limited (UPTCL) is all set to embark on yet another ambitious project. The fresh project envisages construction of new sub-stations and transmission lines at a cost of over Rs 700 crore.
According to UPTCL sources, the project proposes to construct new transmission substations of 132 KV and 220 KV and laying of new transmission lines besides upgrading existing sub-stations which essentially get overloaded during the peak demand period in the summers.
Sources said a sub-committee of the state finance department has given its nod to the proposed project. The proposal is now likely to be put forth in the energy task force (ETF) headed by chief secretary. According to a tentative blueprint of the project, the sub-station and lines will be constructed in districts like Azamgarh and Agra, parts of Bundelkhand region. The 132 KV sub-stations will be constructed in localities like Mubarakpur, Sikandra and Orai besides laying a massive network of transmission lines.
Sources said the new network of transmission lines are proposed to evacuate power from the thermal power plants once the capacity built improves further. A host of thermal power plants like Meja in Agra are proposed to come up in the later part of this year. Likewise, some of the state-owned power plants, too are likely to get upgraded in what may require a significantly improve transmission system. A senior official in UPTCL said work on the project would start once the energy task force reviews the proposal and clears it.
But while the state government moves ahead with a new transmission project, other ambitious versions involving a Spanish company engaged in setting of such transmission system lies in a limbo. The company Isolax Corsan has already approached the state government seeking change in the conductors (read wires).
The state government in June last year had earlier objected to the change in the specification, saying that the new conductors would lead to tremendous line losses. Barely two months later the state government decides to reconsider the application. The UP state electricity regulatory commission (UPERC) has also quashed the application saying the terms and conditions were as mentioned in the bidding document.