According to reports, the first hydropower project in the district would be commissioned in 2015. Electricity minister Aryadan Muhammed said the work on the Adyanpara power project would be completed in 18 months. He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for the project at Adyanpara in Nilambur on Sunday.
The estimated cost of the eco-friendly power project with 3.5MW capacity is Rs 27.09 crore.
A check dam of 5.56m height and 57.5m length would be constructed at Adyanpara waterfalls region which is a major tourist attraction in the district. Water from the dam would reach the power house through a 975-m long tunnel. Electricity would be generated at the power house only during rainy season and the water used in the power house would be recycled to the waterfalls region. Three generators of 1.5MW capacity would be installed in the power house.
The contract for the work was awarded to a joint consortium of Kirloskar Brothers Limited and Aryacon Constructions.
Aryadan said government has incurred a loss of Rs 18 crore as the implementation of the project was delayed for the last six years. “Government has started the process to start a power project in Kozhipra. All the proposed power projects would be commissioned soon.”
The commissioning of the Adyanpara project would resolve the issue of power shortage in Malappuram to a certain extent. A total of 18.15 acres, including 3.96 acres of forest land, would be acquired for the project.
KSEB member Annamma John presented a report regarding the project at the inaugural function.