Kerala State Electricity Board once again suspended work on the towers in SmartCity area for the crucial Pallikkara-Brahmapuram 220 kV power evacuation line after SmartCity officials objected to the construction here on Tuesday.

Construction work has temporarily been suspended after the police intervened, said a KSEB official.

SmartCity officials are learnt to have demanded an assurance from the KSEB on the land swap that had earlier been agreed upon between SmartCity and KSEB.

Since the three towers for the transmission line are to come up on land handed over by the government to SmartCity, KSEB had agreed to compensate SmartCity by making a land swap offer.

A decision on future course of action will be taken in consultation with the authorities concerned, said the KSEB official. The board concedes that it will incur losses if the work is delayed further because the workforce has already been mobilised.

The electricity board is learnt to be rushing to meet the September-end deadline for completion of the transmission line.

The Board has expressed its desire to forge ahead with the work in view of the completion of the commissioning of the 400 kV sub-station at Pallikkara.

District collector P. I. Sheik Pareed said that the land swap was finalised though the order was not issued yet. It was a communication gap that led to the stoppage of work by the KSEB on Tuesday, he said.

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