MSETCL to double transmission capacity

Mumbai, Feb 3 (PTI) To deal with the future power-loadin the metropolis, state-run Maharashtra State ElectricityTransmission Company (MSETCL) plans to nearly double itstransmission capacity from the existing 220-kv, a top companyofficial today said.

"With the entry of new entities in the power generationand distribution sector, the transmission capacity isincreasingly under strain. Therefore, we now plan to enhanceour transmission capacity to 400-kv, which currently stands at220-kv," MSETCL Managing Director Arvind Singh told PTI here.

As a part of the plan, the company would set upadditional sub-stations at Navi Mumbai, Belapur and Thane,Singh said.

MSETCL has collaborated with Power Grid Corporation ofIndia to set-up the sub-stations, the official said adding afeasibility study is already underway in this regard.

Besides, the company also plans to strengthen itsexisting transmission network by replacing old cables with thenew ones where it is required, and by other measures, Singhsaid.

"Infrastructure firm L&T has been given the contractto augment capacity of the existing network," he said.

The company has also applied for forest and environmentclearances from the authorities concerned as the transmissionlines run through the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in thesuburban Borivali, Singh said.

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