A power boost for the State

Commissioning of Edamon-Kochi power highway

The Edamon-Kochi 400 kV transmission line has turned out to be a big boost to the State power sector. With the completion of the Edamon-Kochi power highway, power can be transmitted to Kerala from any part of India through the 400 kV network.

Talking to The Hindu, George Mathew, project manager of a special task force set up by the Kerala State Electricity Board, said the commissioning of the 400 kV power transmission network had increased the State’s power import capability by 800 MW.

It was a foolproof alternative in the event of any contingency in the Udumalpet- Palakkad- Thrissur- Kochi corridor.

Through 4 districts

The 148-km Edamon-Kochi line has 447 towers and passes through Kollam (22 km), Pathanamthitta (47 km), Kottayam (51 km), and Ernakulam (28 km).

Mr. Mathew said Kerala was entitled to 266 MW from the Kudankulam nuclear power station having an installed capacity of 2,000 MW.

The work on the power highway was entrusted with Power Grid Corporation of India Limited in March 2008 and scheduled to be completed by March 2010. But the work was held up in 2010 owing to protests from local people in areas through which the power line passed through.

Considering the necessity of the project, the State government held meetings and discussions to sort out the issue and a special compensation package was ordered on July 30, 2015. A special task force was also set up for complete the project.

Mr. Mathew saidspecial tahsildar(LA) offices were functioning in the four districts for paying compensation to landowners. So far, a ₹113 crore had been disbursed as compensation. The compensation amount was shared by the State government, KSEB, and the PGCL.

The work was completed on September 14 and the line energised on September 25. The total project cost, including construction and compensation expenses, was around ₹1,300 crore, Mr. Mathew said.

In the absence of the Edamon-Kochi line, power from Kudankulam was evacuated through the Tirunelveli - Udumalpet - Madakkathara -Kochi line resulting in transmission loss of about 20 MW (102 million units of power) a year.

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