Bhubaneswar: The denizens of the twin city of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack in Odisha have an offing to cheer that they will have access to advanced and disaster resilient power supply system by December 2020.

The chief secretary, Asit Tripathy, has directed the Gridco to complete the work in next six months. While reviewing the progress of the work along with Gridco chairman Saurabh Garg, here on Thursday, Tripathy directed to workout advanced implementation schedule for each phase of the work and resolve the ground level issues as and when they crop up through active coordination among the departments of energy, general administration, GRIDCO and executing agency.

OPTCL was directed to expedite the implementation through close and coordinated monitoring. Sri Tripathy set time lines for different phases of the project.

Target was set to complete the entire project by December, 2020.

Development commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra advised to remove all the overhead cablings from the main city area soon after commissioning of underground cabling. Additional chief secretary and Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena advised to make the advanced power system resilient against the wind speed of 300 km per hour.

Principal secretary energy N.B.Dhal appraised that the new system would meet electrical load demand up to 1300 MW. It would ensure 24×7 uninterrupted quality power supply at all voltage levels because of the ring supply system. It would also reduce transmission & distribution loss, electrical accidents, operation and maintenance cost and improve aesthetic look of the city.