Thursday, November 19, 2009

You'll have to drive like this if you don't want power cuts

You'll have to drive like this if you don't want power cuts

BESCOM plans to overhaul power system to check outages but maintenance will cause jams, disruptions till 2012

Senthalir S. Bangalore



You can expect the 2010 New Year welcoming you with severe traffic jams as well as more frequent power disruptions in the city. The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) is planning to dig up Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) roads and cut power supply, in different parts of the city, to undertake two parallel power projects for upgrading the electricity supply system. The projects will begin in 2010 and will be carried out over a two-year duration.
Once the works start, people will have to face more power disruptions, BESCOM managing director, Tushar Girinath told DNA.
"To enhance the (power) distribution system, the Bangalore Distribution Automation System (BDAS) project and Restructure Accelerated Power Development and Reforms (R-APDR) project would be implemented. Once the projects are underway, we will have to dig into BBMP roads and lay lines. There will be power cuts and disruptions to which there has been opposition from people. But they will have to bear with the inconvenience if they want a better power distribution system for the city," he said.
These projects are being implemented to reduce the overall aggregate technical and commercial losses of power distribution companies.
"In BDAS, there will be a centralised monitoring and control centre. This system uses advanced technology for instantaneous identification of faults and quicker restoration of services. This would reduce transmission losses. But we are already six months behind schedule," he said.

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