Underground cables soon to replace overhead power lines in Udumbanchola
Nedumkanadam (Idukki): Natives of Udumbanchola, the constituency of Minister for Electricity M M Mani, will not have to confront with troubles of power outage due to trees falling on overhead power lines or damage of posts any more. Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) plans to use underground cable for power distribution in Udumbanchola feeder at an expense of Rs 80 lakh.
The construction of the project will commence by the first week of April. Nedumkandam Division has submitted to KSEB the project for the renovation of the transformers and power lines in Udumbanchola - Nedumkandam region within 4 years. KSEB plans to bring electricity through underground cables in an area of 7 km in Udumbanchola – Nedumkandam region.
The overhead power lines are located in the cardamom plantations in the place, which in turn result in power outage due to trees falling on lines during monsoon. Frequent incidents of fault on power lines is an headache for the KSEB staff as it takes days to replace the damaged lines and posts. Thus KSEB conducted a feasibility study on the underground power cables. Earlier, KSEB had successfully implemented power distribution through underground cables in Idamalakkudi.
KSEB has approved the project which will commence in 2018 and would be completed by 2019. The underground cables will be laid using modern technology, which can completely replace overhead power lines. This will also put an end to the accidents and power loss during transmission. The survey procedures to implement the project will start soon.