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Stable power supply to Sabarimala assured

Staff Reporter

KSEB project to upgrade transmission lines, sub-stations


New busbar system for Triveni sub-station

Offers technical assistance for Aravana plant


PATHANAMTHITTA: The Kerala State Electricity Board has made elaborate arrangements to ensure uninterrupted power supply to Sabarimala during the forthcoming Mandalam-Makaravilakku festival, said K. Radhakrishnan, KSEB Chief Engineer (Distribution).

Mr. Radhakrishnan told The Hindu that the board had already completed maintenance of the transmission and distribution lines leading to Sabarimala. The entire stretch of these lines had been patrolled to locate weak points and remedial measures were taken.

He said a major work for fully utilising the potential of the 66- kv sub-stations at Pampa Triveni and Kochu Pampa was in its final stage. The distribution transformers at Nilackal, Pampa and along the Pampa-Sannidhanam trekking path have been overhauled. Addressing a meeting that reviewed the arrangements to be made for the annual pilgrim season, held at the Kakkad House at Seethathode on Saturday, T.J. Narayanan, Chief Engineer (Transmission), said the KSEB would implement a major project for upgrading the power transmission lines between Pallom and Sabarimala and the sub-stations from 66 kv to 110 kv before the next pilgrimage season.

Street lights

Mr. Radhakrishnan said the board has started maintenance work of street-lights along all the roads leading to Sabarimala so as to complete it in a time-bound manner. He said the communication systems at various electrical sub-stations and other offices have been revamped with a view to facilitate speedy restoration of power supply in case of emergency. K. Sanalkumar, executive engineer (communications), said steps had been taken to ensure proper functioning of a three-tier communication system during the annual pilgrim season.

The power line carrier communication (PLCC) system that connected the sub-stations for sending communication signals at a different frequency through the power transmission lines was in place at Triveni, Kochu Pampa and various other sub-stations between Pallom and Moozhiyar, he said.

He said the land-phone connections and cellular phone systems have been strengthened at various key stations in liaison with the BSNL authorities.

A. Podiyan, deputy chief engineer, said KSEB had offered its technical assistance to the Travancore Devaswom Board for maintaining the power system at the Aravana plant at Sannidhanam during the annual festival season, if needed. The lighting work at Nilackal, Pampa, Sannidhanam and along the trekking path would be completed in the next few weeks, he added.

Mr. Radhakrishnan said shop-owners at Pampa and Sannidhanam had been advised to move for power connection well in advance so that inspection by the electrical inspectorate and the KSEB could be completed without delay. He said a new busbar system would be commissioned at the Triveni sub-station within two weeks to facilitate multiple sources of power to feed Sabarimala.

Deputy chief engineer Sujatha Gopal and Prasannakumar, executive engineer, also attended the meeting.

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