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Web Exclusive | January 2013

Odisha to set up sub-stations for Rs 16.5 bn

At a high-level meeting chaired by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, it was decided to set up 550 new 33/11 KV sub-stations in the state at a cost of Rs 1,650 crore in order to upgrade the power transmission network.

The state government plans to commission the new sub-stations within two years. It may be noted that these new sub-stations would be over and above the existing 550 sub-stations.

During the meeting, the status of Rajeev Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) was also reviewed. Out of 19,856 villages meant to be covered under the programme, electricity has been made available to 13,456 villages. The balance villages are scheduled to be covered by March 2013.

RGGVY work is being implemented in the state by three Central PSUs - National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC), National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL).

Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) is the nodal agency for implementing the Central programme. Under the programme, 90 per cent grant is provided by Government of India.

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