Berhampur, June 9 (LocalWire): Several lawmakers have called for urgent implementation of Disaster Resilient Power Supply (DRPS) scheme in Ganjam district, highlighting the need for laying underground power cables in cyclone-prone urban areas, including Berhampur, Chhatrapur and Gopalpur.
Speaking at the district level natural calamity committee meeting held at Chhatrapur recently, both Berhampur MP Chandra Sekhar Sahu and MLA Bikram Kumar Panda stressed that since elevated power supply networks are vulnerable to nature’s wrath, underground cables were important to ensure uninterrupted power supply.
Soon after the cyclone Phailin in 2013, the state government had planned Rs 1,820-crore DPRS project for laying underground power cables in Ganjam with Rs 615-crore assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
However, according to Southco Utility General Manager and Nodal Officer PK Choudhury, the project did not make headway due to lack of environment clearance from the Union Ministry of Forest and Environment.
Choudhury was one of the project officers for preparation of detail project report (DPR) of the underground cabling for Ganjam, post-Phailin.
District collector Vijay Amruta Kulange, who presided over the meeting said the administration will ask the power distribution company, Southco, to prepare a fresh DPR for the project and submit it for approval by the government.
The state government has already completed work for underground cabling in parts of Puri (Badadanda) and Bhubaneswar, while work is underway in Cuttack under the State Capital Region Improvement in Power System (SCRIPS).