Infrastructure being readied
1,000 MW of electricity from Orissa
Solar panels to be set up in remote areas in the State
KANNUR: Electricity Minister A.K. Balan has said that infrastructure for generating an additional 2,000 MW of electricity has been facilitated to meet the State’s electricity requirement.
Inaugurating the KSEB Electrical Section Office at Chapparappadavu here on Monday, the Minister said that the State required 2,000 MW of electricity to overcome the power shortage it was experiencing now. 1,000 MW would be made available from Orissa. Works were on to complete mini hydro-electric projects aimed at generating 500 MW, he said adding that special attention would be given to non-conventional energy sources. The plan was to generate 100 MW from wind. At present 75 MW was being generated from Ramachamet in Idukki and Attappady.
Mr. Balan said that power required for the Secretariat would be generated from solar energy. 6200 solar panels would be used to provide power to households in areas where there were no electricity lines. An amount of Rs.41 crore had been sanctioned by the Centre for setting up the solar panels. Such households located in isolated areas would be provided the panels free of cost.
Announcing that the Central government had sanctioned a coal field to the State, Mr. Balan said that it was secured by exerting strong pressure on the Centre. The government had also decided to set up KSEB’s section offices in places having at least 10,000 consumers. The government’s goals included electrification of all houses in the State and laying power lines to all Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe colonies, he pointed out.
District panchayat president K.K. Narayanan presided over the function. KSEB Chief Engineer N. Chandran read out the report.
The Minister said that during the last one year, the KSEB had carried out developmental activities worth Rs.1 crore in the Taliparamba Assembly constituency where Chapparappadavu is located. 66,586 new electricity connections had been provided in the district, he said adding that Kerala was the only State in the country to have no power cut and load shedding.