Port Blair, Jan 17: Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, closely monitors the power situation of A&N Islands by taking a Review Meeting of senior officers of Electricity Department every Monday of the week. Significant improvement in the power situation in the Islands has been made.
(1) 10 MW generation capacity at
Bambooflat has been added in grid during October, 2023 to cater to peak demand
as a result of which is no load shedding at present.
(2) Subsequently, for redundancy in
generation system, another 5 MW capacity is expected in next fortnight. This
will meet any upcoming peak demand and avoid any power crisis in future.
(3) Apart from this, Relay Coordination
work (time and current settings of relays) among all power houses and stations
at Port Blair was taken up through outsourced agency restricting faults to
travel in power stations to avoid shut down / collapse of grid in the event of
feeders and tie line faults.
(4) Transmission & Distribution Net
work has been strengthened by installing new Distribution Transformers, Poles,
HT/LT lines and old/dilapidated lines. As a result, feeders and line faults
have reduced to a considerable extent. Numerous steps have been taken by means
of tree / branch cutting, replacement of poles, wires and transformers with
erection of new lines to minimize the forced power interruptions/outages.
(5) In the last two years more than 5000
new connections have been released. Although the Average Cost of Power Supply
is Rs.42/unit, the consumers get supply at Rs. 2.5/ for less than 100 Units and
an average @ Rs. 10/ unit therefore a subsidy of more than 75%.
(6) Concerted efforts were taken to
increase the power supply hours from
12 Hrs. to 24 Hrs. in two tribal settlements at Dugong Creek, Little
Andaman and Strait Island, South Andaman by augmenting the installed capacity.
(7) For seamless redressal of power
related grievances of consumers and general public, a Centralized Control Room
(CCR) has been established 24x7. A Toll Free No. 1800-345-1111 is functional at
CCR 24x7 in EMC building of the department for receiving the complaints. The
complaints received at CCR are diverted through Consumer Complaint Handling
Mechanism (CCHM) to the Concerned site offices for early redressal with in the
stipulated time period and daily reports are being monitored effectively.
(8) Recently, one 1500 KVA DG set shifted
from Sita Nagar Power House to Swaraj Dweep to mitigate the power paucity of 2
MW due to sudden breakdown of two DG sets (2x0.808KW). The DG set started
feeding power of around 1MW from 20.12.2023. Further, the engines of 2 DG sets
under break down have reached Port Blair and shall be installed at Swaraj Dweep
power house by mid of January, 2024 to add 1.2 MW capacity to meet the present
For redundancy and in
view of rise in peak demand, addition of
2 MW through hiring was proposed which is under finalization and
expected to deliver power of 2 MW by June, 2024 after the approval of agreement
(9) Further following Long term power
solutions for A&N Islands with the support of Ministry of Power are
(i) Inter connection from Mainland to
In a Meeting held on
13.10.2023 in MoP the proposed HVDC interconnection of A&N Island by Central
Transmission Utility of India Ltd. (CTUIL) with mainland through + 320 KV, 250
MW undersea cable was considered as the most economical solution which will
bring down the present cost of power generation in A&N Islands considerably
(ii) Greening of Islands
initiatives, the department has installed 29.23MWp Solar Power Plants (Ground
mounted + Rooftop) in Port Blair, South Andaman and Car Nicobar. Greening of
islands is a vision of Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, and under RE plan,
solar power projects of different capacities with Battery storage solution are
under execution which includes 100 MW for South Andaman, 3.8MW for Swaraj
Dweep, 1.3 MW for Shaheed Dweep, 5.7 MW for Little Andaman along with an
aggregate capacity of 13.83 MW for Nicobar Group of islands. In addition, NIWE
I undertaking WRA studies at various identified locations to explore wind
potential for taking up wind power projects.
(iii) Rooftop Solar