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Dibrugarh hit by frequent power failure


DIBRUGARH, Aug 14 - The existing power infrastructure in the adopted home town of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is practically in total mess as this major town has been witnessing frequent and prolonged power cuts since the past few days, leaving residents without electricity for several hours every day.

The residents particularly in Kodomoni, Boiragimoth, Chowkidinghee and Milan Nagar areas are the worst hit due to the shortage in power supply. The situation is extremely awful during the peak hours of the day and the night amid soaring temperatures. The other areas of the city are also not spared by the sporadic power supply.

It is gathered that the overloading is causing frequent breakdown of the 11KV sub station gang switch in Kodomoni during the peak hours.

�Yesterday also at around 8:45 pm, one looping of the 11KV gang switch at Kodomoni SS got burnt due to overload. At that time, the peak load was 4.7 MW. The problem was resolved and the line was charged at 9:25 pm. But again one jumper at Alok Nagar area burnt out and fell on the cradle guard. The APDCL team detected the location and line was charged at around 9:55 pm. But due to a peak load of above 5 MW, the feeder tripped after 15 minutes due to burning of gang flexible at the sub station. Finally to reduce the load a portion of Milan Nagar area from 11KV Mancotta feeder was charged at around 10:45 pm. The initial portion of Milan Nagar feeder is now charged. Currently, the load of Milan Nagar feeder is 2 MW and 11KV Mancotta feeder is 3.5 MW,� Utpal Gohain, the Deputy General Manager, APDCL, Dibrugarh told The Assam Tribune.

Gohain further said that once the new sub station, which is coming up under North Eastern Region Power System Improvement Project (NERPSIP) at Chowkidinghee is complete, there should not be any interruption in the power supply in the entire city. He said that the load of 11KV Milon Nagar feeder (15KM line length) was growing day by day. �We had already bifurcated 30-40% of the feeder to 11KV Mancotta, 11KV Kumaranichinga and 11KV Godapani Feeder but still peak load of the feeder touches 5-5.5MW,� he said.

In order to check frequent breakdown in the existing power sub-stations due to overloading, the department concerned today decided to reduce some load of the Milan Nagar feeder by constructing a short line as an immediate solution. The line will be constructed under Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) and the said line will enable both 11 KV Milon Nagar feeder from Kadamoni 33 KV sub-station and 11 KV Mancotta feeder from 33 KV Khanikar substation to share the load at around 2.5 MW each, the officials from the department informed.

The Vikramaditya Das, the General Manager, APDCL, Dibrugarh Zone has already instructed the contractor M/s Neccon Power and Infra, which is executing the IPDS works to construct the connecting 11 KV line within the shortest possible time.

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