Special Correspondent

Kozhikode: Projects that will increase the availability of electricity in the district by 260 megawatt are in various stages of execution, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has said in a statement here.

Success has been reported in the programme to achieve ‘total electrification' of the district. The target of total electrification has been achieved in Elathur grama panchayat and in Koyilandy Assembly constituency.

Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan is expected to formally announce the total electrification of Kozhikode-1 and Kozhikode-2 constituencies when he inaugurates the fourth anniversary celebrations of the Left Democratic Front government.

The Kuttiyadi augmentation scheme, which will increase power availability by 100 MW, will be inaugurated by Mr. Achuthanandan at Kakkayam on June 5.

The 3.75-MW Kuttiyadi tailrace project has already been completed. Work on small irrigation projects at Vilangad, Chathankottu-nada and Poozhithode is progressing.

Projects at Marapuzha, Valamthode, Anakkampoyil, Kandappanchal, Pathakayam, Muthappanpuzha, Kakkadampoyil, Chembukadavu, Peruvannamuzhy, Olikkal, Poovaramthode, and Kakayam are in their early stages. These will also augment power availability.

The Rs.27.69-crore 220-kV substation near Orkkatteri at Vadakara has considerably improved the quality of transmission across the district, a KSEB spokesperson said in the statement. In the past four years, substations have been set up at Urumi, Meladi, Tiruvallur, Ramanattukara, and Tabalamanna.

Other major projects coming up in the district include the second gas insulated substation on Gandhi Road here, a 110-kV substation for the proposed Cyber Park and a 110-kV substation at Feroke.

As many as 1,73,222 new power connections were sanctioned, the statement said.

The KSEB is spending nearly Rs.1 crore on total electrification of the district. The expenditure for projects being executed to meet this target has also been met from MLAs' development fund, the MP fund, Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Welfare departments and corporation and municipalities.

Projects are also being taken up to lay a 160-km-long underground cable in the city to improve the quality of power available to consumers, the release said.