Press Trust of India (PTI) cited an official as saying that the transmission line marks the first inter-regional link between eastern region and western region.

The Ranchi-Dharamjaygarh-Sipat inter-regional transmission line, implemented by Central transmission utility Power Grid with an investment of INR16bn ($250m), will increase inter-regional capacity of eastern region with western region.

The transmission line’s two new sub-stations are located in Ranchi in Jharkhand and Dharamjaygarh in Chhattisgarh.

The project will also facilitate surplus power exchange between eastern and western region based on the generation and load demand availability in each region.

Work will also commence at state-run National Thermal Power’s (NTPC) thermal power plant (3x660MW) at North Karanpura at Chatra in Jharkhand.

Although foundation was laid by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1999, the NTPC’s North Karanpura project work could not commence due to some technical reasons.