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The Kandra Power Grid is set to make Dhanbad fall in the country's zero power cut zone in India.

It is 250 MW power grid substation of Jharkhand Urja Sarakchan Nigam Ltd.Its foundation stone was laid on December 8,2013.Four years later,the Kandra Power Grid is ready to start functioning in the new year-2018."This can happen any time in February month of the new year",said a senior government official.

As it is,this new grid is going to make Dhanbad a “zero power cut zone” and reduce the dependence of the Jharkhand Power Board on Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) for power in the coal town.

As per its plan,it will be connected with the state-owned Tenughat Thermal Power Station in Bokaro.Since the power requirement in Dhanbad is 170MW,it can either get power from the state board or national grid.This is bound to help Jharkhand  save money, as the state had to pay Rs 170 crore annually for purchasing power from DVC.

Two more power grid substations are expected to come up in Bokaro and Dumka. They will also be integrated with the Tenughat power station.This is likely to a  watershed moment for the energy sector in Jharkhand.

“JSEB was dependent on DVC for power supply due to lack of sufficient power generation facility of its own in Dhanbad, Bokaro, Jamtara and other areas. The new substation will allow us to generate power on our own,” said a senior officer of the state government.

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