Amritsar: The SGPC in technical collaboration with Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) is being set up a 66-KV power substation costing Rs 14 crore in Sri Darbar Sahib Complex.
It is learnt that special underground power lines are being laid to ensure uninterrupted power transmission to the Sikh shrine.
Sri Darbar Sahib Sulakhan Singh said the supporting civil infrastructure was expected to be completed by May-end.
The cable is being laid underground from the Ghee Mandi substation and it has reached near Jallianwala Bagh. After this, transformers will be set up at designated place.
The aim is to check pollution being caused by diesel-run generators. The SGPC has set up high-capacity generator unit in the complex which automatically gets activated as soon as the power supply to the shrine gets interrupted. However, pollution caused by these generators can never be denied.
The SGPC is also getting hotline power supply by the PSPCL, but it too gets tripped when the load increases. According to officials, an estimated 7 lakh unit power per month is consumed in Sri Darbar Sahib complex.
During summers, the consumption rises to 9 lakh unit per month.
Normally, the sanctum sanctorum needs 25 KW power daily while the ‘parikarma’ (17 KW) and the parking area (8 KW) jointly require the same amount of power. Similarly, the entrance plaza and langar hall would need an additional power load.
With the coming up of additional 66 power supply source, at least 1100-1200 KW power meant for the Golden Temple would be switched over to it, thereby relieving the normal power station that caters to the residential and commercial areas located in the vicinity of the shrine.