Tower construction essential, will not disrupt SmartCity project - Minister

Smart CityElectricity Minister Aryadan Mohammed said in Kochi on 07-08-2011 that the SmartCity project would not in any way be disrupted for setting up a tower for 400KV extra high tension line being established to bring electricity from the Central grid to Brahmapuram to serve Ernakulam and nearby areas. He said that a power line tower was coming up in an area that was part of the SmartCity project and that the Electricity Board and the State Government were keen to see that the concerns raised by the SmartCity promoters were addressed.

The concerns raised by SmartCity project promoters would be addressed, he said as he pointed out that it was imperative for the Electricity Board now to set up the 400-kv substation for receiving power from the Central grid.

The Minister was addressing a press conference at Kochi after he visited the location near Pallikkara where a tower for the 400 kV line was being set up. He said that there was no option for the Electricity Board but to set up the tower for the sub-station being built by Power Grid Corporation of India. The substation was being established for the benefit of three States — Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. It was imperative that the substation was readied at Pallikkara because the State would have to pay Rs. 9 crore a year to the Power Grid Corporation even if the State was not utilising the facility.

Sixteen of the foundations for the tower were ready and only four more were needed for establishing the line, the Minister said.

It would take about a year for the SmartCity promoters to begin their work and the Electricity Board would address their concerns, the Minister added. He admitted that the transfer of land to SmartCity project had not been approved by the Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission but that it was a matter of formality.

Source- Hindu 08-08-2011

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