• Kerala reports transmission loss of 14.32 percent

    The state has reported a transmission loss of 14.32%, minister for power Kadakampally Surendran told the assembly on Wednesday.

    To strengthen the transmission sector, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has initiated the laying of underground cables in urban areas, he said. But KSEB cannot immediately take up the project to cover the entire state.

    KSEB has a liability of Rs 6,400 crore, which has been preventing the board from laying underground cables throughout the state, Surendran said.

    He said the implementation of the trans-grid project was initiated with the support of Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board. The project’s first phase would cost an estimated Rs 4745.77 crore, and the second, Rs 1629.60 crore.

    A feasibility study for setting up a thermal plant–either inside or outside the state–depending on the availability of fuel, would be considered, the minister said.

    He added power projects would be completed in a time-bound manner. At present, six hydroelectric projects were nearing completion and the government has decided to restart the work of three stalled projects.

    On the contentious Athirappally power project, the minister said a consensus would be reached before rolling it out. Though the project has environmental sanction till July 2017, its work was yet to commence due to opposition. Max Garcia Authentic Jersey

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