The state power utility firm, MSEDCL, has completed 4,364km underground cabling as part of Integrated Power Development Scheme for expansion and strengthening of energy distribution networks in 254 cities/towns across Maharashtra.
“Compared to other states, more work of underground cabling has been done in Maharashtra which is the main highlight of the scheme,” said MSEDCL chairman and managing director Vijay Singhal. Underground cables are better than overground wires which get damaged in case of gusty winds, downpour or cyclone.
Recently, there was large-scale devastation in parts of MMR, Palghar, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg due to Cyclone Tauktae and the primary reason was the damage to the overground cabling network/poles.
“The new underground cabling and strengthening power infra will benefit around 1.2 crore electricity consumers in urban areas,” Singhal said. The project involved carrying out works worth Rs 2,300 crore.