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No transformers; Board's plan go awry

V. S. Palaniappan

The Coimbatore circle needs at least 100 transformers immediately Coimbatore circle needs at least 100 transformers immediately



ALL BONES: A structure installed by the TNEB with drawn up cables at Vadavalli in the city waits for the transformer. Photo: S. Siva Saravanan

COIMBATORE: The Tamil Nadu Electricity Board's (TNEB) ambitious plans to install more transformers to ensure quality power supply has been derailed because of shortage in supply of 110 KVA/11 KV transformers.

At one stage the TNEB started installing transformers at a rapid pace and sought information from consumers on the need. It never even waited for formal representations.

The installation of transformers helped the TNEB to address complaints regarding fluctuations in power-supply and low-voltage effectively.

The board's action encouraged residential associations to seek installation of transformers in their area and requests kept increasing.

The Coimbatore circle had been facing shortage in supply of transformers for the last five months, TNEB officials said. The Distribution Circle had already taken up the matter with the chairman's office in Chennai for ensuring early completion of the pending installations.

In a number of distribution divisions in Coimbatore at least 80 to 100 transformer installations were pending.

While posts had been erected and cables drawn up, these structures were waiting for the mounting of 110 KVA/11 KV-equipment.

This was the case in more than a dozen places, officials said. Because of the slowdown in installations, the TNEB had kept a number of representations at the proposal stage itself after completing spot inspections and is waiting for the supply of equipment.

Once the supply situation eases, the TNEB was confident of getting the pending installations completed in the first phase. It would execute pending proposals in the second stage.

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