With a view to provide better service to consumers and fix the faults in electricity lines quickly, the Hubli Electricity Supply Company (Hescom) in Indian State of Karnataka has taken measures to cover all low- and high-tension wires under GIS mapping. Hescom is said to be the first company in the state to hit upon the idea to implement GIS to avoid uninterrupted power supply in all the seven districts falling under its ambit in north Karnataka.
As of now, all high- and low-tension wires and transformers are being monitored manually by technical persons. If there is any fault with any of the wires or lines, the station concerned will take a complaint and send a lineman and a technician to attend to the complaint. This process takes more time, leaving the power-less area in darkness for hours.
Said Pankaj Kumar Pande, MD, Hescom, “It is now difficult for us to find the location of the faulty line immediately as we have to refer the taluk or district maps which are clumsy. It’s difficult to find the faulty lines in rural areas, particularly in rainy season, in the present (manual) system. Once the GIS-mapping system is implemented, we can easily ascertain whether the line is overloaded, whether to bifurcate the feeder or not. We can also decide how new lines should run, and transformers should be worked, while sitting at the office,” he added.
On how the new system works, he explained: “When we receive complaints of faults, we can fix it without much delay by sending an expert to the location with the help of GIS. Referring to hand-drawn maps to locate the faulty line takes much time to set it right.” He informed that the organisation has already sent a proposal to the government. The process of covering all high- and low-tension wires under GIS mapping will be completed in the next nine months. “Once it is completed, Hescom consumers will get uninterrupted power,” he said.
Source: The Times of India