About 140 residents benefit
ERODE: The residents of Nagalur hamlet in Kadambur hills have remained without electricity for long. All that changed recently when the district administration provided electricity to the village during a special camp organised recently.
According to a release from the district administration, 140 residents got electricity connections on February 15, after the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) installed poles and made the necessary arrangements. At Rs. 16 lakh, TNEB installed 82 poles on Karaliam-Kadanalli road and another road for 1.5 km and 4.5 km respectively to supply power. The board also installed a 63 KV transformer, the release says.
As a result of the power supply, a residential school of 51 children that had remained without power for the past eight years got a connection.
As for the residents, the release quoting women Siddamma and Thangamani, the women who for long used kerosene lamps benefited out of the scheme. The women along with 11 Adi Dravida families at Ekkathur hamlet enjoy free power supply. Also benefited are 150 families of a neighbouring hamlet, who get water because the overhead tank is pumped with water because of power availability.
The power to the hills was hitherto supplied from the substation at Thookanaickenpalayam, which is 34 km away. This resulted in frequent disruptions and voltage fluctuations.
All this will be changed as the TNEB at Rs. 2.25 crore is in the process of setting up a substation at the foothills of Kadambur. It is expected to be commissioned shortly.