• Kudankulam power transmission lines to be completed by 2018

    The setting up of the Kudankulam-Kochi 400kv power transmission line for power evacuation from the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project has gained speed and is expected to be completed next year. According to P Vijayakumari, director, Transmissions and System Operations, KSEB Ltd., the transmission lines will be completed by December 2018.

    “The state badly needs these transmission lines. It will become the backbone of the power supply of the state once completed,” she said. She also said that all the oppositions regarding the Land Acquisition for setting up the tower stations of the power lines have come down. “Very attractive compensation is being offered for the affected parties and hope that people will realise it and withdraw their protests,” she said.

    She also said that the power lines are necessary for the state not only for the power supply from the nuclear project but also for maintaining a power system in the state. The KSEB is also planning three substations along the route of the power lines. The proposed line passes through Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Ernakulam districts.

    The major opposition faced by the project in the state was in Kottayam district. There are around 140 Tower stations in the district alone. Though the work for setting up the power lines began 11 years back, due to stiff opposition from the affected persons only 88 tower points could be located and out of them only the foundations of eight were completed.

    According to Vijayakumari, discussions were held by the people’s representatives with the affected persons in places where there were issues and slowly the opposition has died out in Kottayam district.

    Now the survey for the remaining 49 towers will begin from Wednesday in Anickad, Pampady, Kangazha, Vellavoor and Manimala Panchaytas, said an official of the Land Acquisition department.

    Now, that the Athirappally Hydro Electric project has resurfaced again amidst widespread protests, the focus have shifted to Koodankulam project, making it as a possible alternative for Athirappally. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan is determined to implement the project within a time frame. The Powergrid corporation has also assured the Government of completing the project within six months of the completion of Land Acquisition. The LDF Government has also increased the compensation amount from Rs 341 crores to Rs 1020 crores following discussions with Powergrid Corporation. Vladimir Sobotka Jersey

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