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More than three years after Jharkhand  Chief Minister Raghubar Das launched underground power distribution system project in half a dozen districts including Ranchi,people are far away from getting benefit from it.

If this project is successfully implemented,narrow roads and by lanes,each covered by electric poles and wires not only jam the air and ground space,shortening their width,but also cause short circuits and contain fluctuating loads ,will get widened and look clean.

In turn,it can help the state administration contain road jams and traffic hurdles.With similar aim,the project was launched on April 26,2016.Three years down the line,project in Ranchi,Dhanbad,Jamshedpur,Ramgarh,Deoghar and Basukinath is moving at a snail's pace. 

The government plans to implement the project at a cost of Rs 1270 crore. As per the project guidelines, the overhead wire coming out from feeder to sub-station has to be laid underground. Also, high voltage wire connected with 33 kV Line has to be put underground. The GM and Superintending Engineer were authorised to implement the project in their own areas of jurisprudence in the district. 

Investigations revealed that the implementation work is going on in all these district towns. However, the people are far away from benefiting from the underground power system. In Ranchi, less than 30 percent of works was over", said a senior officer.

Under the project, major works to be done included 11 new 33/11 kV power sub-stations, 28.75 km new 33 kV line, 407.7 km new 11 kV line, re-conducting of 33 kV line for 112 km, re-conducting of 11 kV line for 662 km.

If official data are to be believed, on the underground cabling segment, the company is out to put in 9.5 km 33 kV line and 32 km 11 kV line. 51.78 km of 11 kV AB cable and 965.95 km of LT AB cable would also be laid out.


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