Panaji: Stating that the non-upgradation of power
infrastructure as and when required in the past is to be blamed for the present
power woes of the state, Power Minister Nilesh Cabral on Thursday said that in
order give immediate relief to the people of South Goa, he has come out
with a temporary solution wherein he has directed the Electricity department to
disconnect the Southern Region lines at Dharbandora and connect them to the
Western Region lines which are much more stable and will supply adequate power
to South Goa.
“The temporary arrangement will be in place in next 10 to
15 days,” Cabral said.
People of South Goa were without power supply for over
six hours since 9.30 am on Thursday as there is a major fault in power supply
line coming from Karnataka.
Cabral, in the presence of chief electrical engineer of
power department Reshma Mathew, addressed a press conference to highlight the
problems faced by the electricity department and the future plan including
temporary solution to provide continuous power supply during monsoon season.
The Power Minister informed that Goa receives power
supply from two grids – the Western Region grid which carries 500 MV power
which feeds the whole of North Goa and central Goa, and the Southern Region
Grid which carries 90 MV power feeding the whole of South Goa and added that
there are four lines coming to Goa from Western Region and only two lines
coming from Southern Region.
“Since the lines coming from Southern Region that is from
Karnataka to Goa are passing through dense forest from neighbouring state and
in Goa through Anmod Ghat and Mollem, there are frequent disruption of these
lines on account of uprooting of trees, falling of tree branches, falling of
bamboos and they coming in contact with the lines and most of these problems
are on the Karnataka side and due to which we have to rely on neighbouring
state for restoration of supply and the Goa Electricity department has no
control on the same. And because of this problem, there are frequent major
interruptions in South Goa,” he said.
Cabral said that after taking over as minister, he
analysed the interruptions in the last six months and it was found that there
were only three major interruptions to Western Region lines and more than 90
major interruptions on Southern Region lines out of which 83 incidents were in
Cabral said that in order to resolve this problem faced
by South Goa people permanently it has been decided to connect South Goa to the
Western Region grid, an estimate has been framed for re-conductoring the 220KV
lines from Ponda to Xeldem at an estimated cost of Rs 100 crore.
Besides, Xeldem to Ponda to Verna line has already been
tendered and work order for an amount of Rs 58 crore has already been issued
and work will be completed by December 2019, he said.
Cabral also said that the tender for various works will
be floated from next week and the government has set a target to complete
underground cabling of 11 KV and 33 KV lines in the entire state in the next
Further he said that the government has also decided to
have spare power distribution transformer at every sub-station in the state,
adding the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has assured full financial support for
upgradation of power supply infrastructure in the state.
Source:: The Navhind Times