Bhubaneswar:28/7/20: Odisha Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy directed the OPTCL, GRIDCO, and Distribution Companies (DISCOMs) to make the power sector self-sustaining through aggressive system reform and reduction in aggregate technical & commercial (AT&C) loss.
The Chief Secretary gave this direction while reviewing the Covid-19 impact and current challenges in the power sector of the Odisha in a high-level meeting held digitally on OSWAN Platform last evening. Power companies of the State were asked to work out their own ‘way forward’ specifying the deliverables with a timeline.
Outlining the COVID impact and current challenges, Principal Secretary Energy Nikunjabihari Dhal presented the framework for ‘way ahead’. Sri Dhal appraised, “The installed power generation capacity of Odisha is around 7.15 GW including 2.13 GW from hydro, 4.36 GW from thermal and 0.66 GW from renewable sources. Besides, various industrial houses have also installed captive plants with a capacity of around 9.85 GW. Sri Dhal added, “With continued government support, the power infrastructure has been enhanced substantially over the years. The EHT line has been increased from 8,267 circuit Kms in the year 2000 to 14,373 circuit Kms in 2020. During the same time, the number of EHT GRID substations and 33/11 KV substations have been increased from 61 to 156 and 550 to 919 respectively. The HT line has been extended from 60,100 kms to 1,58,445 kms; and, the LT line has been increased from 54,160 KMs to 1,84,010 kms during the same period”.
Further, Tripathy directed OPTCL and DISCOMs to improve the quality and reliability of power supply by optimizing the use of the existing network. He said, “assurance of quality supply will prompt the industries to source power from GRIDCO than that of installing their own capital intensive captive plants”. He directed the Department of Industry to motivate the industrial units to procure power from GRIDCO. Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Principal Secretary, and Chairman OPTCL Saurabh Garg, Principal Secretary Energy N.B.Dhal, MD OPTCL Sanjeev Singh along with other senior officers from concerned departments participated in the deliberations.