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Kerala gets tangled in power highway

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: While Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa staked claim over the entire electricity to be generated at the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP), Kerala is still grappling with the problem of setting up a power highway to bring home its share of KKNPP power.

Kerala’s attempt to draw a transmission line through four districts to the Madakkathara substation in Thrissur has failed owing to a public outcry in areas through which the high voltage line will pass.

Once commissioned, Tamil Nadu would get 925 MW from two reactors of the KKNPP while Kerala’s share would be 266 MW.

Jayalalithaa had on Saturday written to the Prime Minister saying the entire 2,000 MW power to be generated at KKNPP be given to Tamil Nadu in view of the ‘severe power shortage’.

Her demand, if accepted, would go against the Gadgil formula, based on which power produced at the Central Generating Stations (CGS) is allocated to states, Electricity Minister Aryadan Mohammed said. “Moreover, we have received the allotment order for power from KKNPP,” he said.

Kerala was expecting to get 133 MW during 2011-2012 from Koodankulam.

Aryadan said that the state government hopes to use the existing Tirunelveli-Udumalpet line to bring power from Koodankulam.

Meanwhile, the ongoing agitation against the power highway is not showing signs of ending any time soon. The action council against the Koodankulam power highway is planning to step up the agitation, action council leader Jyothishkumar Malayalapuzha said.

“A committee consisting the Power Grid Corporation, KSEB officials and action council members has suggested that the power highway be established through the coast rather than inside the state. The committee also left it to the state government to take the final decision. Under the present alignment, the high voltage line passes over 540 houses,” he said.

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