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Installation of underground cable from Chhattisgarh to TN not possible: Minister

P. Thangamani

P. Thangamani   | Photo Credit: B_JOTHI RAMALINGAM

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The demand of a section of farmers for installation of underground cable lines for the transmission of power from Chhattisgarh to Tamil Nadu was not at all possible, Electricity Minister P. Thangamani said at Pallipalayam town on Sunday.

There was no underground cable available for the tranmission of 800 KW tower even in the developed countries, he told presspersons on the sidelines of a government funtion to lay foundation for various development projects.

Mr. Thangamani said Power Grid Corporation of India was involved in the installation of high-tension power lines for the transmission of 800 KW power from Raigarh in Chhattisgarh to Tamil Nadu.

The Minister said that 800 MW power trasmission lines are installed upto Coimbatore, from where it will be taken to Kerala, apart from Tamil Nadu. He also ruled out transmitting through a couple of 400 KW powerlines, as power sub-stations have to be constructed.

Mr. Thangamani said that high-tension transmission lines and transmission towers have already been commissioned in all the states upto Andhra Pradesh.

The execution of this Central Government project will enable 4,000 MW power to Tamil Nadu and 2,000 MW to Kerala.

If the protests against the high-tension cables continued, the Centre may suspend the project for Tamil Nadu, which will cause severe harm to the state.

“Moreover the power generated in Tamil Nadu has to be transmitted to other states. Such protests will lead to unnecessary controversies”, he said.

The Minister said that even in Kerala, where a CPI (M) led government is in power, a total of 183 transmission towers were being commissioned. The underground cables are being laid only in the ghat section and in the city limits.

Replying to a question, the Minister said that there was no denying the fact that the high-tension towers through the farm lands affected the farming community.

The government was fully prepared to provide adequate compensation to the affected farmers.

The state government was always prepared to hold negotiations with the farmers representatives to sort out the issue amicably. “I am prepared to hold talks with the farmers whenever and which ever place they prefer”, he said.

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