The Noida power department has decided to give underground power cables, a long pending demand from residents who face frequent outages due to overhead cable breakages during thundershowers or mild wind speed.
The 33kV cables have been placed underground in about 196 locations across five divisions of the Noida power department so far, while the department has laid 11kV cables underground across 282 locations across the city.
Some of the sectors where cables have been put underground, include sectors 63, 7, 8, 18, 19, 29, 120, 108, 132, 25, 56, 47 and more. Also, about 313 additional cables have been placed parallel to these underground cabling.
As per VN Singh, chief zonal engineer Noida power department, which comes under Paschimanchal Vidyut Viteran Nigam Limited (PVVNL), "There are 7 divisions of power department in GB Nagar under which various sectors of Noida are demarcated. Laying of underground cables has been carried out across the city under these divisions. While in some places work is done, at other places work is underway. So far, 282 cables of 11Kv and 196 cables of 33Kv have been laid underground across the city."
Even as division 1 caters to sectors 6, 3, 7, 8, 120 and more division 2 to sectors 80, 88, 129, 150, 82, 38, 29, division 3 caters to sectors 18, 19, 44, 45, 124, 168, 166, 137, 142, division 5 - sectors 25, 56, 58, 108, 132, 46, 47, 20 and division 7 - sectors 60, 61, 62, 52, 59 and more.
"We have also laid additional duplicate cables parallel to the ones laid underground to act as spare cables to be used in times of wear and tear," Singh added.
According to SK Jain, president sector 18 market association, "Underground cables in Sector 18 though laid recently, are yet to be given connection. Redevelopment of sector 18 began in 2012-13. It was supposed to be completed in two years' time frame by 2014 but even after six-year, only 60% of work is done. Because of the delay in the redevelopment work, the underground cabling work has also delayed and we are not sure by when the connection will be given to the cables that are laid underground so far. As of now overhead temporary cables exist and we continue to get supply from them despite new cables being laid underground."
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