After close to three years of delay, a 66 KVA substation will finally be constructed in Jaynagar 3rd Block by Karnatka Power Transmicssion Company Limited (KPTCL). The old BESCOM office in 3rd Block, near NMKRV Women’s College will be demolished to make way for the substation.
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The contract for building the substation has been given to Godrej & Boyce, a Mumbai based contracting company and will be constructed at under Rs 20 crore. A J Hosamani, Chief Engineer (Tending and Procurement) attributed the delay to a dispute in the tendering process which had reached the High Court. "An order was passed to call for fresh tenders and it has been awarded to Godrej & Boyce," he said.
Hosamani said that the substation will improve the voltage profile in the area. "Because Jayanagar received power from different stations, it would sometimes cause low voltage. This will be solved by the new station in addition to meeting the energy demands of Jayanagar and surrounding areas," said Hosmath. He added that the construction would begin in a few months but declined to give an estimate on when it would be complete.
Narahari Mukund, a member of 5th Block Jayanagar Resident’s Welfare Association had written to Citizen Matters about the issue. "There is no uniformity in receiving electricity in Jayanagar as it receives power from several substations. Sometimes there can be power in one street and not in the next," he said.