Extensive power infrastructure built for two 500-bed ICU facilities in Delhi

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Updated: May 18, 2021 1:13 PM

Power discom BYPL has set up extensive infrastructure within a week to provide uninterrupted electricity to two 500-bed ICU facilities created by the Delhi government amid a devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a spokesperson said on Tuesday.

ICU beds in delhi"True to their mandate, they have also admirably responded to the challenge of the second wave by expanding bed capacities for treatment for moderate and severe COVID patients," the ministry said. (Representational image: IE)

Power discom BYPL has set up extensive infrastructure within a week to provide uninterrupted electricity to two 500-bed ICU facilities created by the Delhi government amid a devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a spokesperson said on Tuesday.

The two facilities were built on empty grounds near GTB and Lok Nayak hospitals within a fortnight. The Delhi government is developing healthcare infrastructure in the city keeping in mind the possibility of the third wave of COVID-19. These large facilities required an equally large power infrastructure. For this, BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) had been tasked with readying the power infrastructure on a war-footing, said the BYPL spokesperson.

“The discom did it in a record time of seven days on each of the two sites. Between the two sites, the discom has laid nearly 7 kms of underground cables using trenchless technology,” he said.

The anticipated power demand at each of the facilities can go upto 5 MW and accordingly, at each of the two sites, four distribution transformers, each having an installed capacity of 1.6 MVA, totalling 6.4 MVA were set-up, the spokesperson said.

A team of around 280 discom officials and workers worked round-the-clock to install the electricity network that conforms to the best international standards, he said.

Quick response teams, including senior engineers, keep a watch on the power infrastructure round the clock, he added.

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