Based on inputs by Shahid Kazi
Varanasi, has been able to dismantle its overhead power cables dismantled, 86 years after the city first got electricity. Under the Indian government’s Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS), state-owned electric utility company Powergrid has successfully laid 16 square kilometers of underground lines in Varanasi which will serve around 50,000 consumers.
Referring to the city’s narrow lanes and congested markets, Powergrid’s Project Manager for IPDS Varanasi, Sudhakar Gupta, said, “While implementing IPDS in Varanasi, we realized this is the most complicated city to lay the infrastructure for underground cables.”.
Powergrid had to deal with several hurdles during the span of the project. It worked around unmapped underground utility lines for sewage, water supply, and BSNL, among others. The company often ended up damaging them and then providing compensation to the concerned agency. An official said that there were major differences in the project report’s proposal and the actual ground requirements.
news referred from NDTV