Kolkata: Thanks to LED bulbs, in wider use for their low power usage, the peak demand of electricity during the upcoming Durga Puja festivities here will see an increase of only 50 MW in comparison to 186 MW last year, it was officially estimated.
While the peak demand for power during the Durga Puja days last year rose by 11.17 percent in comparison to 2013, this year’s peak demand is estimated to rise by only 2.7 percent in comparison to 2014.
“This is because of the increased usage of LED bulbs,” Sanjiv Goenka, the chairman of RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group-owned CESC, told mediapersons on Thursday.
CESC is the sole electricity supplier here.
The peak demand of power in the city’s festive days stood at 1,664 MW in 2013, which climbed to 1,850 MW last year. However, this year, the estimated peak demand is 1,900 MW.
He said the percentage increase in peak demand for power has come down despite an increase in temporary power connections to 3,780 puja pandals. Last year, the company had provided similar connections to 3,715 such makeshift pandals.
Nevertheless, the power demand from the top ten puja pandals has increased this year.
According to estimates of the RP-Sanjiv Goenka group company, against a total consumption of 1,306 KW last year, this year, the city’s top ten puja committees are estimated to consume 1,626 KW.
“The total power demand from puja pandals this year is estimated at 41.8 lakh units as compared to 41.4 lakh units last year, Goenka said.
Like other years, the company will also be conducting drives across the puja pandals to check for pilferage and unauthorised connections.
Goenka said CESC is fully geared to meet the city’s power demand during the festive days.
* An unseasonal ‘Diwali’ has suddenly been ushered on the island
* The official is hopeful that now, the Islanders can get better educational institutions, boost tourism
Seventy years after Independence, a 7.5-km long undersea cable has finally brought electricity to the world-famous Gharapuri Isle, which houses the UNESCO World Heritage site Elephanta Caves, about 10-km from Mumbai, a top official said here on Thursday.
The project to electrify the island, thronged daily by thousands of Indian and foreign tourists, has cost a total of Rs 25 crore and was completed in 15 months, said Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd. Regional Director Satish Karape.
“This is India’s longest undersea power cable which took around three months to lay. Plus, we have installed a transformer in each of the three villages, six streetlight towers each 13-metre tall with six powerful LED bulbs and provided individual power meter connections to 200 domestic and a few commercial consumers. Intensive testing over past three days has been successful,” Karape told IANS.
A function will be held at the island later in the day when renowned social reformer Appasaheb Dharmadhikari will formally ‘switch on’ the power supply in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, his ministers Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Jaykumar Raval, Ravindra, and other dignitaries.
Karape said that of the total project cost, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority gave Rs 18.50 crore while the rest had been borne from the MSEDCL’s own resources.
The 22-KV cable has four lines, including one exclusive standby line, to ensure 24×7 high-quality power to the Islanders with sufficient excess capacity to take care of future requirements for more than 30 years, he explained.
An unseasonal ‘Diwali’ has suddenly been ushered on the island, which used to be plunged into darkness after dusk in the absence of electricity at the three villages — Raj Bander, Mora Bander and Shet Bander — housing around 1,200 people, mostly engaged in fishing, farming, boat-repairs and tourism-related activities.
Since the past few years, however, the villagers managed with just three hours electricity courtesy power generators provided by the state government, but these were expensive and unreliable.
The previous Congress-Nationalist Congress Party regime had initiated the proposal, but it fell through as the tender attracted a single bid, and later the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena government revived the proposal almost two years ago.
The 22-KV cable has been connected directly with the MSEDCL’s Olwa sub-station, Panvel Division in Raigad on the mainland, Karape said.
The official is hopeful that now, the Islanders can get better educational institutions, boost tourism — probably with the overnight stay, subject to other governmental clearances — install a lighthouse on the isle’s hilltop, and even power the Elephanta Caves if the Archaeological Survey of India permits.
Since a small dam exists on this 16-sq km island, a water filtration plant can be set up to provide safe and clean drinking water to the locals and tourists, who now rely on bottled mineral water.
The power connection is also expected to speed up work on the proposed 8-km long ropeway connecting Mumbai directly with Elephanta Island running above the Arabian Sea, planned by the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), and billed as a boon to nearly two million tourists who visit it annually.
Inhabited since the 2nd Century BC, the island has seven big and small rock-cut caves temples carved between 5th-6th Centuries AD. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
The island also has two large British-era canons atop the hill.
Presently, the thickly-forested island abounds in monkeys and other creatures, is accessible only by an hour-long voyage by motorboats and launches from Gateway of India or Raigad, with the compulsory return in the evening.