50,000 new electricity connections in 100 days: Minister

Aryadan MohammedElectricity Minister Aryadan Muhammed has promised 50,000 new connections within 100 days as part of state government's 100-day action plan. Those who had applied for connection before March 31, 2011 and deposited money will be provided with new connections, he said. 

To improve state's power distribution, a 11 KV line for 1000 km would be installed, 1500 new transformers would be built and 2000KM single phase lines would be converted to 3 phase, the minister said.

The second phase of Rajiv Gandhi Rural Gramin Vidyakaran Yogna(RGGVY) project will be implemented in 7 more districts. Approval for projects worth Rs 100 cr has already been obtained from the centre. In the first phase, the project has been completed in Idukki district and the projects in Malabar region is progressing.

The government has decided to tap wind power and offer incentives to tribals for this.  Incentives will be offered to the tribals who are willing to allow windmill construction on their lands for power generation projects, state Power Minister Aryadan Mohammed  said.

'We will take over the land if the tribals are willing to give it to us. If they agree, they would be adequately compensated in the price of the land and also we will enter into a long-term agreement with the tribals,' Mohammed said, while talking to reporters. Under the long-term accord, 'the tribals will be paid a fixed amount of money from every unit of power that is generated from the windmills that come up on their land,' he said.

The government has identified two places in Palakkad district (Attapadi and Kanjikode) where the land is owned by the tribals. The 80 MW windmill power project will be set up jointly by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB).

'This is going to be operational in the first 100 days of our government. Since this is a project of the state and the centre, there will be no allegations of any sort of corruption,' he added.

Within 100 days, the Kerala State Electricity Board will start work for obtaining ISO certification for two of its biggest hydel power generation stations - Moolamattam and Moozhiyar.

The government will try for a consensus regarding the Athirappally project. If there is a consensus within the state, the government will again approach the Centre for environmental sanction, he said.

A Energy Smart School project would be implemented along with ANERT for energy conservation in schools. The project is aimed at students from class 5 to 10 and the best school in the state would get a cash prize of Rs I lakh and best school in district would be awarded Rs 25,000. To fill shortage of electricity posts, a poll-casting unit would be set up in Edayar and construction would begin with 100 days.


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