The UT electricity department’s ambitious project under the Smart City Mission of conversion of existing overhead lines to the underground system and replacement of infrastructure in Sector 8, finally see ray of hope as four companies have come forward.
The UT in the past had floated tender on three occasions, but there were no bidders. But this time, four companies have participated in the tender and soon the administration will open financial bid of these companies, and accordingly will allot the work to successful bidder.
Already three years have passed, but the project failed to start in Chandigarh. The planning work on this project was started in January 2017 and the UT planned to carry out project after Chandigarh was selected as one of the fast-track cities under the Smart City Mission of the ministry of urban development, Government of India.
The UT administration had finalised project of conversion of existing overhead lines to the underground system and replacement of infrastructure in Sector 8. The Joint Electricity Regularity Commission (JERC) has already accorded approval for capital expenditure of Rs 17.89 crore for the project on pilot basis.
The department had picked Sector 8 as the existing infrastructure is about five decades old and frequently breaks down, especially during the peak summer season.
The project was a part of the UT electricity department’s 20-year roadmap for improving power infrastructure in the city.