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Mobile App helps OPTCL in monitoring schedules, quality of underground cabling work

 Taking advantage of a freely available social networking app, State Owned PSU, OPTCL has acquired an edge in getting its work done on time, monitor quality and in the process created an atmosphere of competitive peer pressure among the staff.

The top officials in the State PSU no longer feel the need to look over their shoulders each day and worry about the status reports on the fast moving Project. Secretary Energy and CMD OPTCL & GRIDCO  Hemant Sharma claims to be a beneficiary of WhatsApp – a hugely popular networking tool for smartphone users.

According to him the use of whatsApp use has yielded good results in giving city thoroughfares a cleaner and better look where OPTCL is laying underground power cables to replace the existing electric poles.

"So far, our efforts in using the WhatsApp for monitoring work has yielded good results," Sharma said. The idea was to ensure completion of different packages of work on time. Field level officials overseeing the work can upload pictures and we are able to monitor quality of the work, he added.

Notably, OPTCL is executing the project in consultation with the Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU) in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. While OPTCL is associated with installing power transmission lines, CESU is the Power Distribution Utility under control of Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC). In the State Capital, State Government  is doing it for two major reasons. First, to make the city a cleaner and better place as the Capital City Bhubaneswar is the first Smart City of the Country. Further it would help during natural calamities such as cyclones as a huge money is spent in restoring the damaged power supply lines, said an official. He added nearly 350 KM 33 KV and 11 KV power lines is being laid underground in the Capital City.

As the target is to complete first phase of the project within 18 months, real time information is being gathered with the support of WhatsApp and problems are sorted in the quickest possible time, said a senior official.

“This is a five-year project with an investment of Rs 1500 crore of which Rs 350 crore will be spent in the first phase,” the official said adding about 150 new transformers are being set up while power supply to the houses of the consumers would be made on smart grid mode through Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition(SCADA) technology. OPTCL is taking up State Capital Region Improvement of Power Supply (SCRIPS) project, said the official.

He added the power transmission lines crossing the NH-5 in the city will also be converted to underground cables to ensure more safety for the people and vehicles.

The underground power cabling work has also started in Paradip, the Bada Danda (Grand Road) in Puri and the Lingaraj Temple Ratha Road in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Moreover, the transmission loss would be minimized to about five per cent, he pointed out.


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