Guntur: In a rare feat, authorities of AP Transco and AP Central Power Distribution Company Limited (APCPDCL) have successfully began operations at the 220KV sub-station at Prattipadu village in the district on Sunday without imposing power cuts. The new sub-station is expected to provide 24×7 power supply to Guntur city, Tenali, Ponnur and Bapatla towns even during emergency situations like cyclones.
So far, the district depends on supplies from a 220KV sub-station at Tadikonda. But a majority of the important towns, including district headquarter town, Guntur, has been witnessing power outages.
With a view to improve the quality of power supply and reduce the burden on Tadikonda sub-station, the power utilities planned a separate 220KV sub-station at Prattipadu about six months ago.
After completing the field work in the last few months, the authorities decided to make the switch to the new sub-station over Saturday and Sunday. The mega exercise of linking nearly half the district with the new sub-station was planned over a 36-hour emergency operation.
Initially, the authorities thought of shutting the power supply for a brief period and alerted people about possible power cuts on Saturday and Sunday. However, they could successfully complete the task without disrupting the supply.
AP Transco SE B Srinivasa Rao said, “Although installation of towers was completed, linking of supply lines is the crucial part, which we have successfully completed.”