A PowerGrid official told FE that the company is setting up four substations at Dhuri, Muktsar, Nakodar and Makhu in Punjab to cover the entire state for transmission of power. The state will be connected via a ring of transmission lines with the help of about 1,500 towers. The project has been undertaken as a consultancy project from Transco from estimate to execution by the PowerGrid, he said. The network, once ready will enable Punjab to export power when surplus is there.
Apart from this, PowerGrid is also providing engineering consultancy services to Punjab for its power plant coming up in Rajpura and is building substations of 400/220 kv for Talwandi Sabo power plant.
On the other hand, beginning with four states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, PowerGrid is venturing into the business of leasing out its transmission towers to the telecom sector. The corporation had floated the tenders for selection of telecom tower infrastructure providers for using its transmission towers in September with the last date of submission of expressions of interest in December. RN Nayak, director (operations), PowerGrid told FE that over 1,500 transmission towers are available for leasing out of a network of about 1,50,000 towers pan India.