Daily Archives: September 2, 2012

OPTCL to take up five 400 KV substations at Rs 1103 cr

Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited (OPTCL) has firmed up plans to implement five 400 KV grid substations in the state at a cost of Rs 1103 crore on the public private partnership (PPP) mode.

The grid substations will be set up at Lapanga near Sambalpur, Nisha near Angul and Khuntuni under Cuttack district for evacuation of surplus power by independent power producers (IPPs), minister for energy Arun Kumar Sahoo said in a written reply to the state assembly.

Global consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Ernst & Young have been roped in as transaction advisors for these projects. The other two 400 KV substations are to be set up at Paradeep and Mendhasala on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar.

The state government has signed MoUs (memorandum of understanding) with 29 IPPs with a generation capacity of around 37000 MW with the state share at 6300 MW. Transmission capacity of 19500 MVA was needed in the state to evacuate the surplus power generated by these IPPs.It may be noted that OPTCL has initiated steps for augmentation, renovation and installation of new projects worth Rs 4516 crore from its own accruals. The project portfolio includes 62 augmentation projects (Rs 43 crore), 157 220 KV and 132 KV sub stations (Rs 3803 crore) and sixteen (16) 400 KV ring projects (Rs 989 crore).

Encounter in Bargarh

Security forces and Maoists exchanged fire near Gandpali village in Bargarh district on Chhattisgarh-Odisha border on Saturday. There was no report of any casualty. “The exchange took plase in Gandhamardhan forest range. We don’t have any information about casualty or injury among the rebels. Securitymen are safe,” DIG of police (NR) Sanjay Kumar said. The DIG said the Maoists opened fire on the security men during a combing operation but they fled after counter firing.

Game’s up for 3 fake Maoists

Police on Saturday arrested three persons for allegedly trying to extort money from a trader by posing as Maoists in Rayagada district. The accused were identified as Rajendra Rout, Sanjit Naik and Arun Bagho.

According to police, the trio had pasted a fake Maoist poster at the home of a trader identified as Ram Murty Naik of D Karolo village under Doragura police limits in Kashipur block on August 30 and had demanded Rs 20 lakh from him.

“The miscreants had asked Naik to bring the money to a forested road near Ghoda Tikri village on August 31. But when the trader did not obey their instructions, the fake Maoists telephoned Naik and threatened him of dire consequences,” said IIC (Doragura police station) Ramesh Chandra Bisoi.

According to the police officer, a mobile phone used by the trio was traced and subsequently they were arrested. During interrogation it was found that the accused didn’t have any link with the Maoists and had identified themselves as rebels to make quick buck. While Arun and Sanjit work as drivers at the Utkal Alumina company, Rajendra stays at Tikri.

Train collision averted near Bargarh

A head-on collision between two trains was averted near Bargarh railway station on Saturday. The incident happened around 4.30 pm when the driver of the Bhubaneswar Intercity Express, which had just left Bargarh, realized that a train was coming on the same track where he present. He alerted the Bargarh railway station authorities, who asked him to apply reverse gear and bring the train back to the station.

Railway officials, however, played down the incident. Divisional railway manager (Sambalpur) Ashok Gupta said the express train had covered about two km when the driver was asked to return back to Bargarh station. He said the Jharsuguda-Titlagarh passenger train on the same track was not approaching the express train but had stopped due to engine failure.

“We stopped the passenger train on the outer signal. The express train, after covering two km from Bargarh, was asked to return. It is an operational matter and it happens. There couldn’t have been any head-on collision”, said Gupta. He said the express train was delayed by an hour.

A passenger of the express train Umashanka Jenamani, who was going to Bhubaneswar, said passengers panicked after the train moved in the reverse direction. “Initially, we thought the track had some problems. But later we were told it went in the reverse direction to avoid a head-on collision”, he said.