Kolkata: The Bengal Government would be keeping a close watch on the power situation in the state during Durga Puja. To ensure smooth power supply, State Power Minister recently held a series of meetings with the West Bengal Power Development Corporation, West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company, West Bengal Police, Kolkata Police, Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) and Coal India Limited (CIL).
A task force has also been set up under the leadership of the chief secretary, which has already issued a series of instructions. The State Government wants that during the festive days, despite the heavy demand for electricity, what with the thousands of pandals across Bengal, and of course, the regular domestic consumption, the people can have a peaceful time.
In recent times, the government has done a lot to improve the power distribution situation in the state. The government has a target to set up 125 sub-stations, of which 26 are already functioning. People are being hired on a contractual basis to secure the sub-stations. The old overhead cables are also being replaced with new ones.