Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Limited (IPSCDL) is close to completing  its  Smart Conversion of Overhead to Underground Electrical Network (SCOUGEN) project in Panaji and Ribandar. This significant milestone in the Panaji Smart City initiative aims to enhance the reliability and efficiency of the region’s power infrastructure, informs a press release.

The SCOUGEN project, envisaged by the Goa Electricity Department, addresses frequent power failures and modernises outdated electrical equipment. By converting the remaining overhead network to an underground system, the project seeks to deliver a more stable and resilient power supply to the citizens of Panaji and Ribandar.

At Ribandar, initially, the area had overhead lines for both high-tension (HT) and low-tension (LT). Now, it is fully underground. The project involves comprehensive work, including the conversion of overhead lines to underground, covering both HT and LT lines, including the supply to consumers. Additionally, 36 compact substations (CSS) of 630kVA and 400kVA capacities are being installed across various strategic locations. Extensive cabling work includes 22.5 km of 11kV HT cables, 66.1 km of 1.1kV LT cables, and 180.78 km of consumer and streetlight cables. The project also includes the installation of 11KV Ring Main Units (RMU) and LT feeder pillars.

After converting the power network to underground at Ribandar the power interruptions reduced, as earlier especially during monsoon the power failures were regular affair and people used to agitate about poweroutages and low voltage. Even during cyclonic winds accompanied by heavy pouring two years back, the consumers of Ribandar,  it was reported, had uninterrupted power supply.

The project’s overall cost is Rs. 73.75 crore, funded under the Smart Cities Mission, with capital expenditure amounting to Rs. 55.31 crore and operational expenditure at Rs. 18.43 crore. The contract was awarded to M/s Shalaka Infra-Tech (I) Pvt. Ltd., and the project commenced on January 10, 2019. Despite challenges, the project had been completed.

The SCOUGEN project boasts significant achievements, including the modernisation of infrastructure by replacing old, overloaded equipment with smart elements such as Compact Substations. This modernization has resulted in a significant reduction in power outages and improved quality of electrical supply. Furthermore, the removal of unsightly overhead lines has contributed to the visual appeal of Panaji and Ribandar. The installations are spread across critical locations to maximize impact. Notable sites in Panaji include areas near Kamat Complex, Tonca, opposite Magnum Centre, near Campal Clinic, and various others.  

The transformation promises a substantial improvement in the daily lives of residents, businesses, and public spaces by providing a reliable and uninterrupted power supply. This upgrade is essential for supporting the city’s growth and technological advancements, aligning with the broader goals of the Smart City initiative. This initiative sets a benchmark for similar projects in other parts of Goa and beyond, showcasing the effectiveness of modernizing urban utilities for enhanced living standards.


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