Central government accords Maharatna status to Powergrid

The central government has accorded Maharatna status to Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (Powergrid). The status provides enhanced powers to the board of Powergrid to facilitate the expansion of operations, both in domestic and global markets. As of September 2019, Powergrid’s transmission network includes over 160,930 ckt. km of transmission lines, and 248 substations with a transformation capacity of over 383,270 MVA on a consolidated basis. Also, Powergrid is working to revive the 800 kV ultra high voltage direct current (UHVDC) Raipur (Chhattisgarh)-Pugalur (Tamil Nadu) transmission project. The 1,850 km transmission line project has been stalled as farmers in the western districts are opposing setting up of the towers on their land.

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