Odisha aims to sell power by 2016-17

Bhubaneswar, July 30 (IANS) Odisha plans to be self-reliant in the power sector and has set a target to sell surplus power generated in the state to other states by 2016-17, an official said on Thursday.

The state expects to avail 32,059 million units of power after the commissioning of many new power plants and as part of the state share from the Centre by 2016-17.

This was revealed at a review meeting called by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over the performance of the Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited (OPTCL) and Grid Corporation of Odisha (Gridco).

The chief minister directed enhancing the capacity of power distribution utilities in the state for uninterrupted power supply to consumers.

He asked officials to connect all human settlements with electricity in a time-bound manner and reduce transmission and distribution loss.

The chief minister also directed the installation of 500 33/11 KV substations by 2017.

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