Shimla: In order to provide high quality twenty four hour power supply to the people of the State, it was important to ensure use of latest technologies and modernise the grid to make it more reliable and efficient. This was stated by the CM Jai Ram Thakur while addressing the workshop of Institution of Engineers (India) Himachal Pradesh State Centre and NSDF in collaboration with GE T&D India Ltd. on ‘Modernising Himachal Grid’ here today.
CM said that the centre was playing a major role in up-skilling and re-skilling of the engineers of the region. He said that nature has blessed the State with immense power potential. He said that out of the total 45000 MW potential harnessed till date, the contribution of Himachal Pradesh was about 11000 MW. He said that the state government was committed to fully harness the immense power potential available in the State.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the GE T&D India Limited along with HPPTCL and HPSEBL was executing projects worth Rs. 515 crore to modernise the State’s Grid Infrastructures. Some of the key projects include Gas Insulated Substation at Wangtoo, Gumma, Urni, Dehan, Barsaine and Hatkoti, he added. He said that once the projects were completed these projects would serve the State’s growing demand and feed into the national grid through interstate power transmission projects.
He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a vision of One Nation-One Grid and was working in this direction.
He said that latest Smart Grid Technology would enormously help in more efficient transmission of power, quicker restoration of electricity and in reducing operations and management costs. He said that this would ultimately help in lowering the power cost for the consumers.
The Chief Minister said that we must adopt new technologies to ensure best delivery and services to the people. He also laid stress on upgrading transmission lines in the state for ensuring minimum transmission losses.