Protests disrupt construction of Kasaragod-Wayanad power highway

PP Libeesh Kumar

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Kannur: The construction of two 400 kV electric lines, Udupi- Karinthalam and Wayanad-Karinthalam lines, falling under the Kasaragod-Wayanad Green Power Highway project, came to a standstill due to the protest from landowners over the 'unsatisfactory' compensation package announced.

The Udupi-Karinthalam 400 kV bay falls under the union energy ministry's power highway project, and the Karinthalam-Wayanad-Mysuru line is under the supervision of KSEB.

So far, KSEB has completed the power highway stretch from southern Kerala to Areekode. The power corridor will be completed once the Udupi-Karinthalam-Areekode line enters the highway from the north.

Both construction works can be continued if the government intervenes and takes a decision on the matter.

The Udupi-Karinthalam line is 115 km, with 47 km in Kerala and 68 km in Karnataka. Out of a total of 259 power towers, 105 are in Kerala, and 86 have been completed.

The tender for the electric lines to Wayanad via Cherupuzha-Alakode-Mananthavady was taken by the L&T company. However, the work was interrupted due to the protests.

Additionally, the electricity is supplied to the northern districts of Kerala through the 400 kV Areekode-Malappuram sub-station from Mysuru. However, the repair works on the 220 kV line will lead to power disruption in Kasaragod. The 400 kV Udupi-Karinthalam-Wayanad lines are planned to tackle this issue. Through this, Kasaragod, Kannur and Kozhikode districts will receive electricity without disruption.

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