Underground power cables in more places

Kochi: The board meeting of the Kerala State Electricity Board held on Wednesday, approved the second phase of underground power cabling in Ernakulam. The first phase of the cabling named ‘ring main project’ under the Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (APDRP) of the Union Ministry of Power has almost been completed in the city. The Rs. 170 cr worth second phase aims at reducing transmission losses so that it would be brought down to a minimum.

The second phase called restructured-APDRP will cover areas in Perumbavoor and Ernakulam circles including towns like Aluva, Angamaly, Perumbavoor and the Edayar industrial area. “Tenders have already been finalised and a Hyderabad based company called Nagarjuna Construction Company Ltd will implement the project. Works will start as soon as the work order is placed,” said KSEB chief engineer (distribution) V.V Sathyaraj.

The project envisages reducing both technical and commercial losses. Technical losses occur on account of overloading of feeders and transformers, aging of conductors and poor voltage regulation. The loss reduction targeted is for a period of five years. As part of the project, more than three lakh faulty metres in these areas will also be replaced.

When the first phase of the more than Rs. 80 cr underground cabling is completed, the board can bring down the transmission loss to less than 15 per cent from the current 19 per cent over the next five years.

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