Pune: The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has sanctioned Rs 12 crore 67 lakh for various works of power distribution system to provide quality and uninterrupted power supply to the rapidly expanding power consumers in Wagholi area and works have also been started by the contractors.
This works will transform the power distribution system and replace the old system. Meanwhile, maintenance and repair works have been carried out by communicating with the customers and understanding their problems. Therefore, the number of power outages due to technical glitches in the area has also come down.
There are about 60,000 consumers under Wagholi branch which comes under the Mulshi division. MSEDCL supplies power to Wagholi area through a total of 22 power lines from Lonikanda substation. For the last two years, due to various reasons as well as increasing urbanisation, the power distribution system has been under stress.
MSEDCL has been carrying out regular maintenance and repair work of the power system. In addition to resolving the grievances by continuously communicating with the power consumers in the area, changes and improvements are being made in the local power system. As a result, power outages due to technical glitches have been reduced at present.
MSEDCL had started work on four high-pressure underground power lines of 42 km from Lonikanda substation to Purvarang sub-station in Purvarang Society for smooth power supply. In addition to reducing the stress on the power plant, an alternative power supply with a smooth power supply would be available to the Wagholi area. However, due to some difficulties and right of way, this work has not been completed yet. If all these four underground channels are operationalised, the entire Wagholi area will benefit greatly.
In view of increasing demand for urbanisation and electricity in Wagholi area, MSEDCL has sanctioned various works worth Rs 12 crore 67 lakhs from SSMR better known as System Strengthening under Metro Region scheme. His work has also started on the battlefield. This includes 25 ring main units, AB switches, installation of feeder pillars, new distribution rohitras, capacity expansion of rohitras, 15 kilometers (KM) new underground conduits, 35 km replacement of power lines etc.
In addition, this year's pre-monsoon maintenance and repair work include raising the level of oil in the rohitras, replacing the rusty and rotten power poles, straightening the bent power poles, installing spacers or PVC spacers on the power lines, loosening the hanging power poles Installation of new kitkat, cutting of tree branches, replacement of pins and disc insulators, replacement of faulty service wires, replacement of Rohitra cables etc. As a result, power outages in Wagholi area have been minimized due to technical glitches.
A total of 77 minutes of power outages in 10 days at Jade Residency - The 900-house Jade Residency in Wagholi has a total of 9 separate buildings. Residents of some of the buildings have reported frequent power outages through various media.
However, after checking the facts, the total duration of power outages at different times in the last 10 days was not found to be more than 77 minutes. There was no power outage for more than 10 minutes. In case of a power outage due to storm, rain, trees, falling branches and various other reasons, these buildings are supplied with power through an alternative system. This requires a period of 5 to 10 minutes to perform technical measures. Notably, some of the buildings in the Z Residency had arrears of Rs 52 lakh for common meter electricity bills.
At present, some buildings have arrears of Rs 19 lakh since February. However, MSEDCL did not take action to cut off power supply due to COVID-19 outbreak.