AP Government has learnt ample lessons from the devastation caused due to Cyclone Hudhud. As 9 districts in the state are Cyclone-Prone, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is working on the logistics of underground cable system for supply of electricity.
This is first of its kind in the country and other states might follow the same system if it turns out successful. A separate power supply line covering 10 districts of AP will be laid at an estimated cost of Rs 838 crore. World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Japan Bank has jointly sanctioned a loan of Rs 716 crore for this ambitious project which bids farewell to the conventional pole system.
As per experts, Underground Cabling would ensure non-stop power supply even during cyclones and floods. First Phase (Rs 379 crore): 620 km of Transmission and 800 km of Distribution Powerlines will be laid cover Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam, East Godavari and West Godavari. Second Phase (Rs 459 crore): 738 km of Trasmission and 800 km of Distribution Powerlines will be laid covering Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam, Chittoor and Nellore.