KERALA

Steps for better power supply

KOCHI JULY 3. Power supply to the Marine Drive and Fort Kochi areas is to improve considerably in the coming months and the consumers in these areas may enjoy almost uninterrupted power supply and steady voltage.

It is the proposed 66\11 KV sub-stations, which are to come up at Marine Drive and Fort Kochi, that is expected to improve the power scenario in the two important city centres. The cable laying for the two sub-stations has already been started.

``We have already laid 500 metres of cable for the Marine Drive sub-station. The work was recently stalled following the intervention of the PWD authorities. The cabling will resume after the monsoon showers,'' said Kerala State Electricity Board executive engineer, Johns Darrel.

The laying of cables to the Fort Kochi sub-station from Perumanur is also half way, he said.

The piling work for the Marine Drive sub-station near the KINCO boat jetty has been completed and the construction of the building is expected to begin within one month, Mr. Johns said.

The construction of the sub-stations is part of the Rs.70-crore masterplan that the Board is implementing in the Kochi Corporation area. The Board has also submitted a detailed report on the masterplan project it is implementing in Kochi. These will form part of the Vision document and the Strategic Plan for Kochi city that is being prepared by the city Corporation.

The setting up of sub-stations at Kaloor and Kadavantra and the 110 KV substation at Mattanchery, interconnectivity between various sub-stations and laying of underground cables, which will eventually replace the overhead lines, are also part of the KSEB masterplan.

The KSEB plans to lay underground cables along a distance of 153 km. Of this, nearly 106.35 km cables have already been laid.

The Board has also installed 22 transformers of 500 KVA capacity and 153 transformers of 315 KVA as part of the masterplan.

The masterplan aims at developing a distribution system in Kochi, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram. The development of the distribution system is intended to increase the transformation capacity at Extra High Tension level by establishing new sub-stations and augmenting the existing sub-stations. Moreover, these are expected to strengthen the existing distribution system and to provide adequate number of distribution transformers to meet the load condition and reduction of the distribution and transmission losses in these cities, said the theme paper prepared by Mr. Darrel for the Strategic Plan of Kochi.

The masterplan is formulated with a view of the load growth rate for the next 20 years.

Once the projects envisioned in the masterplan are completed, the supply interruption will be minimised irrespective of the climatic condition. The other benefits, as expected by the Board authorities, are the reduction of distribution loss and the losses due to the touching of branches of trees in the line and the resultant power interruption. Any reduction in the number of power interruptions and losses will substantially increase the quality of power supply, the Board document said.

The underground cabling will improve the visual ambiance of the city roads as they will do away with the poles and structures that are hindering the traffic. The overhanging wires and structures, which are in wide use, would also be replaced with enclosed equipment.

The underground cabling will also save lives as the risk due to exposure to live wires and open fuses would be eliminated, the theme paper claimed.

The masterplan is expected to be completed by 2009.

Workshop

The preparation of the `vision document and strategic plan' for the city has entered the final stages with the Kochi Corporation organising a four-day workshop for discussing the theme papers on various topics.

The workshop that is to begin on July 9 will discuss 11 themes-- water supply, sewage, sanitation and drainage, electricity and telecommunication, transport, environmental issues, economic development and social development, etc.

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