Industries here will extend their support to the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) to remove the bottlenecks and strengthen the power transmission infrastructure in this region.

Representatives of some of the industrial associations had a meeting with the Tangedco officials here recently in this regard.

Power generation in the State is expected to increase by 2,000 MW soon. More sub-stations and transmission lines are needed in this region to avoid load shedding. In Coimbatore city, almost all the feeders and transformers are over loaded, an official of Tangedco told The Hindu .

The Tangedco has proposed 110 KV sub-station at Race Course, another 230 KV sub-station in the city, 110 KV sub-station at Somayampalayam, and 400 KV sub-station at Edayarpalayam. It needs clearance from the Forest Department for the Somayampalayam sub-station. For the Edayarpalayam project, 60 acres of land is required. While 40 acres of government land is available, another 20 acres of private land is needed. With regard to the Coimbatore 230 KV sub-station and 110 KV sub-station, 11 tower lines need to be erected in Valankulam and four at Selvampathy tank.

It is not possible to take the cables underground instead of installing the towers in the water bodies as the cost will be higher. The towers cannot be constructed on the bunds as more space is needed. Some of the non-Governmental organisations are opposing the proposal to construction of the towers in the water bodies.

President of the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Coimbatore, R. R. Balasundharam said that the meeting was organised by the Southern India Mills’ Association.

The industries have supported the Tangedco in several locations by providing land for the infrastructure.

They can talk to the units and help remove the bottlenecks, wherever possible, in the city too. Even if power is available, transmission infrastructure should be strengthened to improve the supply, he said.