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Mescom to try out underground cabling in Mangalore

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Citizen interface: People at the Janasamparka meeting with engineers of the Mangalore Electricity Supply Company in Mangalore on Sunday. —
Citizen interface: People at the Janasamparka meeting with engineers of the Mangalore Electricity Supply Company in Mangalore on Sunday. —

Staff Correspondent

Rs. 32-crore worth tenders called for to lay all its new 33 kv lines

Estimate prepared to install underground cables from Hampanakatta to Kankanady

Mescom to have automatic reclosure system on 10 rural feeders

MANGALORE: The Mangalore Electricity Supply Company (Mescom) will ensure that all its new 33-kv lines are laid using underground cabling in a phased manner. The company, which has invited tenders for the Rs. 32-crore project, will also ensure that its 11-kv and low-tension lines are drawn using covered conductor technology. The technology will also be implemented on three 11-kv feeders in the city.

Executive Engineer of Mescom Jagadeesh K., in a presentation on frequent power supply disruptions in Mangalore city, at a Janasamparka meeting organised by the Catholic Sabha, Bejai unit, here on Sunday said the cost factor had prevented Mescom from installing a universal underground cabling system. The cost of laying one km of underground cables was Rs. 8.59 lakh compared to Rs. 32,500 a km for overhead cables, he said.

Cost factor

The cost of drawing one km of covered conductors and aerially bunched cables was Rs. 1.75 lakh and Rs. 5.41 lakh respectively, he added. The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) had directed all the five electricity supply companies (escoms) in the State to use aerially bunched cables in new residential layouts to prevent accidents, he said and added that Mescom had already initiated steps in this regard.

The company had awarded tenders worth Rs. 2 crore to convert four important city feeders into aerially bunched cables. Reacting to demands from Bejai parish priest J.P. Tauro and others seeking conversion of all overhead lines into an underground cabling system, Mr. Jagadeesh said Mescom would achieve this in a phased manner.

Mescom has prepared an estimate to change the overhead lines from Hampankatta up to Kankanady into an underground cabling system. Stating that the work on this would start soon, Mr. Jagadeesh said the company had also drawn up similar plans for the KSRTC Road. “Overhead lines along all concrete roads in the city could soon become a thing of the past. Provisions have been made for underground cabling along such roads,” he said.

Mr. Jagadeesh said the company would install an automatic reclosure system on 10 rural feeders in the Mangalore sub-division.

This would ensure minimal power interruptions along the entire feeder and power supply would be disrupted only to that part of the feeder experiencing a fault, he said. The automatic-reclosure system had been procured at a unit cost of Rs. 32 lakh and would be installed in 15 more feeders.

Maintenance work

To a question from assistant parish priest Aloysius, on frequent power supply disruptions in Bejai, Mr. Jagadeesh said this was mainly on account of maintenance activities. “Mescom is coordinating with other departments to ensure that inconvenience to people is minimised,” he said.

Corporator Lancelot Pinto urged Mr. Jagadeesh to provide changeover lines to the water pumping station at Bejai.

Mr. Jagadeesh clarified that the company had provided changeover lines to the Bendore water treatment plant as well as the Kadri water booster pump station.

The company would set up an office at Bejai for the benefit of residents of the area, Mr. Jagadeesh said and added that it would be opened before August 15.

To a question from resident, M.V. Shenoy, on open boxes at transformer distribution centres, he said Mescom had taken steps to provide qualitative distribution boxes with mould case circuit breakers for all 250 and 500-kva transformers in Mangalore division in a phased manner.

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