RK Singh, Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy has laid the foundation stone of the underground cabling project in the Kumbh area of Haridwar, recently. The project is very significant as Haridwar is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the country and a large number of devotees visit this holy city around the year.
“Millions of devotees come to Haridwar during Kumbh. This project will ensure the safety of pilgrims and enhance the aesthetics of the divine city. The project will benefit the citizens of Uttarakhand by way of reduced electricity losses. Roads will also become wider once overhead electric poles are removed,” Singh said.
The project will be implemented in Haridwar under the Government’s flagship scheme ‘Integrated Power Development Scheme’ (IPDS). Underground cables have several advantages. For example, reduced losses, low chances of developing faults and low maintenance costs. Whereas overhead lines are vulnerable to lightning strikes which may lead to interruption.