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January 5, 2015

West Bengal – ‘Power’ing ahead

West Bengal – ‘Power’ing ahead

Infrastructure shapes the society and economy. Despite the economic constraints, West Bengal Government took measures to boost the infrastructure in the state. West Bengal which once faced severe power crisis is now a power-surplus state and load shedding is now a thing of past.

With a rise of 19.9% in total installed generation capacity in just two years, West Bengal has increased its installed capacity base from 8,316.8 MW in 2010-11 to 9,974.1 MW in 2012-13. This shows the efforts put in by the state government to keep the power surplus state ready for 100% electrification in the years to come. There have been some significant developments in every sphere of the power sector from generation to transmission.

Here are some of the achievements in the last 3 years:

  • 4000 km of roads upgraded to double lanes or intermediate lane. Construction of 16 big bridges and five flyovers on rail track has been completed.
  • WBHDCL will construct 3000 km road in PPP model.
  • The work of the bridge over the river Subarnarekha at Bhasaraghat is going in full swing. The flyover in the VIP road is also going on.
  • Special emphasis has been given to Jangalmahal area. 12 new school buildings and hostels, one PTTI, 74 hostels for girls. 4 new colleges, 3 new stadiums, sports academy, polytechnic, ITIs are being constructed.
  • The Government is creating 16,000 kms of rural road covering 3349 gram panchayats.
  • West Bengal is one the few states where arrangements have been made for 24 hour power supply. Target has been fixed to supply power to every household within the end of 2015-16.
  • New thermal power centres are being constructed in Santaldih, Durgapur, Sagardighi, Raghunathpur. The Katwa thermal power project is expected to invite investments worth Rs 10,000 crore. Transmission sub stations have been installed in Dalkhola, Kalna, Khatra, Kakdwio, Kurseong, Sankrial food park, Howrah and Kharagpur.
  • Power banks have been created, thus excess power produced is saved. Remote islands of Sunderbans are being supplied with power through grid.
  • There has been remarkable development in power transmission infrastructure. 343 MVA Transformer capacity and construction of 887 km transmission line have been made in case of H T line. During the same time, in case of L T line, enhancement of 2654 MVA transformer capacity and construction of new 251674 km have been made.
  • There has been development of hydel power projects in Jaldhaka and remarkable increase in capacity under ‘Tista Canal Fall Hydel Power Scheme’.
  • State Power Transmission Company has got the ‘Power Line; 2012 award as the best power transmission company of India. Power Finance Corporation, IKRA and CARE combinedly in a rating for 2013, have announced State Power Transmission Company as the second best transmission company in India.
  • The state has secured the third prize in Best State Power Utility Awards, WBSEB received the second prize for management excellence and the first prize was awarded to CESC.


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Written by Agnivo Niyogi and Sanmit Sarkar