Bhubaneswar, May 21: Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik on Saturday dedicated 6 power pulling substations virtually in as many as six districts along with inaugurating Balangir-Kesinga 220 KV power transmission line at Rs 450 crore.
The newly installed power grids have been functional in Rayagada, Sambalpur, Khordha, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi and Keonjhar districts in the presence of power sector officials among other guests.
Addressing the mass on the occasion, the Chief Minister said, “Electricity is the lifeline of all developments.It should be properly utilized without any wastage. At the same time, conservation of energy is equally important for our next generations.
“The new power station would benefit farmers, students and women in Kalahandi, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Keonjhar, Sambalpur and Khordha districts,” Naveen said, adding that small-scale industries and irrigation projects would also get benefits from the newly run grids.
The Chief Minister said that the state government had launched the Odisha Distribution System Strengthening Project at an estimated cost of Rs 3,800 crore to provide quality electricity to the people and under scheme 430 numbers of 33/11 KV Sub Stations have been made operational so far.
CM also said that the government has earmarked Rs 1,800 crore in the fourth phase of the scheme to address the low-voltage issue in the state.
Among others, the function was attended by Rural Development Minister Sushant Singh from Sambalpur, Public Enterprises Minister Ashok Panda from Khordha, Energy Minister Dibyashankar Mishra from Kalahandi, Skills Development Minister Premananda Nayak from Keonjhar and Gunupur MLA Raghunath Gamanga from Rayagada.
Secretary to Odisha Chief Minister & 5T V.K. Pandian coordinated the program. Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra and senior officials of the departments concerned were also present. Energy Secretary Nikunj Bihari Dhal delivered the welcome address and OPTCL Managing Director offered the vote of thanks in the occasion.