Union Minister of State for Power K.C. Venugopal said that Alappuzha will be included in the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) part of the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Project (RAPDRP) soon.

As of now, Alappuzha is included in the Part A and B of the RAPDRP. The RAPDRP sanctioned for 42 towns in the State is being implemented in three parts — Part A, B and SCADA. Part A consists of setting up an IT-based data base line, which will be setup in towns with a population of more than 30,000. Part B will focus on bringing down losses in power transmission and distribution.

Control rooms

Urban system control rooms, which can control the entire electricity system of an area in a single control room, will be set up as part of the SCADA part of the project.

The Part A and B of the RAPDRP will be implemented in the district by April 30, 2013, the Minister said.

A total of 5,486 Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in the district will be given free electricity connections under the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY).

Presiding over a meeting to review the implementation of Centrally-sponsored power projects in the district, Mr. Venugopal said the Rs.13.64 crore project in the district aimed at total electrification of houses of BPL families will be completed by October 31, 2013. The project will be implemented in seven districts of the State including Alappuzha at a cost of Rs. 90 crore. The KSEB has been entrusted with the implementation of the project.

The Rural Electrification Corporation is the nodal agency for the project. Instructions have been given to complete the project by December 31 this year.

A project of Rs 35.22 crore will be implemented in Alappuzha town. Instead of the existing 11 kv over head (OH) lines, 43.47 kms underground cables (UG), 55.55 kms insulated Aerial Bunched Cable (ABC) and 209 transformers of 25 kwa capacity will be set up.

A total of 4.66 kms of UG cables and 17.25 kms ABC will be put in place in Aroor at a cost of Rs 19.2 crore; while 7.8 kms of UG and 7 kms of ABC will be set up in Chertala at a cost of Rs 12.7 crore.

In Kayamkulam, a project to set up 10 kms of UG cables and 20 kms of ABC at a cost of Rs 10 crore will implemented.

A committee which includes the District Collector and people’s representatives will meet every month for the implementation of the project.

A coordination committee led by the District Collector will monitor the works related to the laying of cables for the project, the Minister said. Power Finance Corporation (PFC) is the nodal agency for the project. District collector, P. Venugopal, PFC general manager V.K. Shah, Rural Electrification Corporation general manager T.S.L. Bosh and KSEB officials participated in the meeting.