Varappuzha: The first phase of installing KSEB 110 KV tower line in Shanthivanam forest has been complete. No new trees were chopped down as part of the work apart from the ones chopped earlier. The line is set up at a height of over 22 metre in Shanthivanam.
It is assumed that branches of trees may need to be cut before charging the lines. The trees were temporarily spared fearing intense protest from the public. Earlier, people had staged protests against installing tower line through Shanthivanam.
Meena Menon, the owner of Shanthivanam, had approached the high court in connection with the issue. The court did not take into consideration Meena’s request to stop the installation of line.
The court postponed the case to May 21 for taking a decision. Meanwhile, she withdrew the petition and filed a new one through another lawyer. Amid this, KSEB completed the first phase of setting up the tower line in a very rapid pace.
Allegations have surfaced that the works to install the line is in progress, violating the engineering standards. It is said that the tower was fixed before the concrete was properly set. At first, the tower line was decided to be fixed at a height of 19.4 metre. It was informed that 48 trees need to be chopped down.
Following the protests, a discussion was held under the leadership of collector and the height of the tower was increased by 3 metres. But complaints arose that the foundation was not strengthened according to the increased height.
Shanthivanam Protection Committee demanded that action should be taken against the officers who supervised the works as this poses huge security threat. Meanwhile, ‘Nature Plus Kerala’ organisation demanded that the KSEB should withdraw from the move to install tower line through Shanthivanam.