Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has officially inducted the 148 km long Edamon-Kochi power highway which will surge the state’s power import capability by 800 MW.
“With the completion of the Edamon-Kochi power highway, power can be transmitted to Kerala from any part of India through the 400 kV network,” Vijayan said while inaugurating the power line at Adoor, about 90 km from here. Vijayan said his government after taking charge in 2016 completed 93 percent work of this project which had begun in 2005. He said the highway was completed after convincing the people about the project’s importance.
“The Edaman-Kochi Power Highway project has been completed by providing adequate compensation to those who lost their land. The government was also able to convince those who initially opposed the project. This government completed 351 towers of the 447 towers, he said
The earlier towers were completed during the previous Congress-led UDF government. Out of the total 148 km line, this government completed 138 km within just over three years, Vijayan said.
The total project cost, including construction and compensation expenses, comes around Rs 1,300 crore and was completed on September 14. The State Electricity Board activated the line on September 25, 2019.
The Edamon-Kochi line passes through Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Ernakulam. The new line will reduce the power import via inter-state Udumalpet-Palakkad and Mysore-Arikode lines.
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