Eco nod for transmission line

Union Minister of State for Power K.C. Venugopal said here on Monday that work on the Mysore-Kozhikode transmission line would start soon as the project had secured the final environment clearance from the Union Ministry of Forests and Environment.

Addressing a press meet, the Minister said the new line would help bring power allotted from the Central pool to Kerala and solve the voltage problem Malabar. He said additional power of 75,000 MW would be generated in five years to meet the growing energy requirement. The major share of this power will be produced in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. He said since Kerala was not in a position to take up new hydel projects owing to environmental problems, more allotment of power from the Centre was required to meet its requirements. Thus the State was allotted 500 MW of power from the Central pool.

The Minister, who reviewed the progress of construction work at the 400-kV sub-station at Elappully, near here, said the Rs.170-crore sub-station would be commissioned in the third week of March. The sub-station costs Rs.110 crore and its power line Rs.60 crore. The commissioning will partially solve the voltage problem and help in providing good quality of uninterrupted power to industries in the Kanjikode-Pudussery-Walayar belt

Mr. Venugopal said 80 per cent of the power in the State was generated in the Southern districts. But the northern districts required 1,200 MW of power daily. When power is brought from South to North, there is huge transmission loss.

He said the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vaidyutheekaran Yojana to provide free power connection to BPL families was not properly implemented in Kerala though the Union government had allocated funds. He said a special package to provide electricity to the tribal hamlets of Attappady and Nelliampathy would be taken up under this project in Palakkad district. The Kerala State Electricity Board had been directed to prepare a scheme.

The inaccessible tribal colonies in the forest areas would be provided electricity from non-conventional energy sources, he said.

He said schemes estimated to cost Rs.1,170 crore were under various stages of implementation. In 43 towns in the State, the first part of Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Progamme was under implementation.

Palakkad municipality was allotted of Rs.55 crore; Ottapalam municipality Rs.3.27 crore; Chittur municipality Rs.8 crore; and Shoranur municipality Rs.4.76 crore under this scheme.

The Minister said the coal mine allotted to Kerala in Orissa would be utilised to implement a joint venture power project to produce 2000 MW. Talks were on with Orissa government for the mega project, he said.

State needs more power from

Central pool

Elappully unit to be commissioned in March