Odisha CS Puts Railway Traction Transmission Projects On Fast Track

Bhubaneswar: Railway traction power transmission projects were put on the fast track by Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra by resolving the ground level issues at a high-level review meeting of the projects held today on digital mode from Lokseva Bhawan.

Taking a project-wise review, Mohapatra set timelines for completion of each project and asked Odisha Power Transmission Corporation (OPTCL) to adhere to the timeline, said an official press release issued here today.

Further, Mohapatra asked the Principal Secretary Energy to take a month-wise review of the work-schedule in coordination with concerned departments for expeditious implementation. Railways were asked to complete construction of their power conversion sub-stations in pace with power supply projects of the OPTCL.

It may be pertinent here to mention that OPTCL supplies 132 KV or 220 KV power to railway feeders from where the railways take power as per requirement of the trains through power conversion sub-stations.

MCL was requested to expedite the issue of no-objection certificates for the Belpahar transmission tower.

“Presently around 27 railway traction transmission projects have been assigned to OPTCL out of which 07 projects have been completed within the scheduled time with an investment of around Rs.59 cr. Other 17 projects estimated at around Rs.247 cr are in different phases of implementation and 03 are in process of tendering. Out of 17 ongoing projects, 08 have been prioritized as critical ones by the railways for which special focus has been laid on early completion of the projects,” said Principal Secretary Energy N B Dhal making a presentation on the progress of the projects.

“As of now construction of OPTCL railway transmission sub-stations have been completed at Nuapada, Kamakshya Nagar, Kendrapara, Kechobahal, Deogaon, Lanjigarh and Boina road stations. Out of this, railways have started power drawal from five sub-stations. Commissioning of power supply to railway lines like Titilagarh-Sambalpur-Jharsuguda, Singapur-Damanjodi, Lanjigarh-Junagarh, Nuapada-Gunupur, Tatanagar-Badampahar, Khurdha-Nuagao, and Rupsa-Bangiriposi have been expedited,” informed Chairman OPTCL Sourabh Garg.

Other important RTSS projects reviewed in the meeting included the project at Maneswar, Bimilagarh, Belpahar, Malatipatapur, Sukinda Road, Dhanmandal, Gurposh, Bamara, Dhutra, Charbatia, Siju, and Mancheswar. OPTCL was directed to complete these projects in the current working season within 2 to 3 months.

Secretary IT and Commissioner Railway Coordination Manoj Kumar Mishra, Project Director OPTCL Rajiv Lochan Panda, Principal Chief Engineer Railways Basudeb Panda along with senior officers of Railways, OPTCL, and concerned departments participated in the discussions.