Noida Ph II: No power cuts this summer, eh?
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Noida Ph II: No power cuts this summer, eh?

That’s what the Uttar Pradesh Power Transmission Corporation Limited promises, as it begins replacing old conductors with upgraded ones for the 132 kV sub-station in Bhangel.

Noida Ph II: No power cuts this summer, eh?

Power supply is set to improve in 10 residential sectors and more than 1,000 industrial units in the Phase II area of Noida soon. The reason: The lines supplying power to the 132 kV sub-station in Bhangel is being upgraded. Old conductors are being replaced by high-temperature low sag (HTLS) overhead line conductors.

Sectors that will benefit include 82, 92, 93, 101, 104, 105, 107, 108, 110 and 135, and Bhangel, Gejha, Salarpur and Hajipur.

Puneet Gupta, executive engineer of Uttar Pradesh Power Transmission Corporation Limited (UPPTCL), told City Spidey that the work of replacing old conductors with HTLS was to be completed by April 5 initially, but owing to technical issues it will now be completed by the first week of May.

"The transmission lines were old and could bear a load of 80-90 MVA. The HTLS will be able to take a load of 130-150 MVA. HTLS conductors can absorb higher temperatures and carry more energy," Gupta added.

He further said that once the HTLS conductors were installed, there would be no power cuts and that consumers would be able to tell the difference this summer.

Residents of the area have for a long time had to deal with a power crisis. With a lot of industries in the area, the situation would always turn dire in the summers.

However, despite UPPTCL's assurances, many are still sceptical.

Rajesh Sharma, a resident of Kendriya Vihar II, Sector 82, said, “Only time will tell how things have improved. I will still keep my time-honoured inverter handy for the scorching summers.”  

Imran Tahir, a resident of Express View Apartments, in Sector 93, complained, “In peak summers, we face power cuts for four to five hours every day. We hope things improve after the conductors are replaced.”