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Rs. 5,100-crore plan finalised for upgrading power transmission network

According to reports, in a bid to augment the power transmission network to meet the increasing demand for power, Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. (KPTCL) on Tuesday finalised a mega plan to take up 244 system improvement works at a cost of Rs. 5,100 crore.

The plan, which was finalised by KPTCL’s board of directors at its meeting here on Tuesday, includes setting up of 1,320 km of 400 kV double circuit lines at a cost of Rs. 3,000 crore to link the upcoming power generating stations, system improvement works in Bangalore at a cost of Rs. 2,027 crore and setting up an exclusive ‘green corridor’ to evacuate non-conventional power from wind and solar plants. Briefing presspersons on the system improvement plan, Minister for Energy D.K. Shivakumar said all these works would be completed in about two years.

Pointing out that the generation of 3,100 MW of power from the State-owned companies in Raichur and Bellary was set to begin in about three years, he said 1,320 km of double circuit power line would be built along with 400 kV power stations at Gulbarga, Chikkanayakanahalli and Bellary for the transmission of power from these stations.

Similarly, plans were afoot to build a 160-km transmission line at a cost of Rs. 100 crore to link the Salem-Tumkur-Kudgi-Kolhapur transmission line being built by Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. so that the State would have access to power from the northern grid, he said.

The proposed green energy corridor for evacuating non-conventional energy at a cost of Rs. 1,100 crore would be supported by a German agency and the Union government in the form of soft loans to the extent of 40 per cent each, while the State would bear only 20 per cent of the project cost, the Minister said.

The power transmission network in Bangalore city is also set to be upgraded at a cost of Rs. 2,027 crore. Mr. Shivakumar said that despite having adequate power, it was not possible to meet the full demand in several areas of Bangalore during peak hours due to the congested network. Increasing the transmission system capacity had become a challenge in Bangalore due to the non-availability of land. However, the power supply situation in Bangalore would improve to a great extent after the completion of the proposed system-strengthening works, he said.

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