Power Grid Corp. of India to deploy helicopters to watch transmission lines

New Delhi, August 27, 2012 — In a bid to improve safety and security in the possibility of natural disasters or sabotages, Power Grid Corp. of India (PGCIL) is planning to deploy helicopters for aerial patrolling of electricity transmission lines.

Power Grid runs five electricity grids in Northern, Eastern, North Eastern, Southern and Western in the country. The plan has been under consideration for quite some time but the failure of power grids for two straight days last month that impacted more than half of country's population has necessitated the measure.

The company was operating about 92,981 circuit kilometers of inter-state transmission lines as on March 31, 2012. One circuit kilometer refers to one kilometer of electrical transmission line. PGCIL is India's principal electric power transmission company.

PGCIL owns and operates most of India's interstate and inter-regional electric power transmission systems with inter-regional power transfer capacity of about 20,800 MW and wheels nearly 45 percent of total power generated across India.

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