Bescom to replace all group-operating switches

Bescom to replace all group-operating switches

To ensure safety and smooth movement of pedestrians, the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) will replace all existing Group Operating Switches (GOS) with new, redesigned ones.

Speaking to the media here on Wednesday, Bescom Managing Director Pankajkumar Pandey announced the latest design of the 11KV GOS. The GOS which operates through vertical pipes will now be angled. The existing height of the GOS, from 3 feet to 5 feet from the main transformer structure will be increased to 7.5 feet. It will be shaped in the Swan Neck design.

Bescom has already replaced 1,000 such GOS in Sahakarnagar and Banaswadi on a pilot basis. With close to 60,000 GOS in the City, it will take about a year to replace all of them, beginning with the central business district and crowded areas, he added.

Pandey said this was thought about because there have been cases in the past where pedestrians and vehicles have dashed into the GOS.

Under the first phase, it will be done in prime congested areas and also where Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike is undertaking its TenderSure projects. This design and idea was proposed by Rajasimha, Retired Chief Engineer from ISRO.

Bescom also wants to redesign its transformers. For this it has invited designs from people. The last date for sending the proposal is March 9 and the winner will be given Rs five lakh cash prize.

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