Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has announced Rs. 4126 crore worth schemes in the energy sector, including setting up of a 2×1500 MVA sub-station in Virudhunagar to transmit power generated from a 1600 mw power plant coming up in Ramanathapuram.
She also announced replacement of transformers and pillar boxes in Chennai. Power cuts and voltage fluctuations in the suburbs will be a thing of the past with Tangedco proposing to replace all transformers with ring main units (RMUs).
Jayalalithaa announced in the assembly that 17,535 transformers in suburban areas will be replaced with RMUs at a cost of 1,750 crore. “The ring main units will be safe and will prevent electrocution of workers during maintenance and repair. It is also all-weather proof,” said Jayalalithaa.
In Chennai suburbs, 17,535 transformers would be converted into ring main units to avert accidents and increase safety. At present, high temperatures in electric cables lead to power disruption and the conversion to ring main units would stop such power disruptions, the CM said Tuesday in announcements in the Assembly made under rule 110.
All the 38,844 pillar boxes in Chennai would be changed at an estimated cost of Rs 270 crores. The pillar boxes rust during rainy season leading to power disruptions and accidents. The existing pillar boxes would be replaced by HRC 6-way pillar boxes, she said.
“To transmit the electricity generated from this power station to rest of Tamil Nadu, a 2×1500 MVA, 765/400 kilovolt sub-station will be constructed at Virudhunagar at a cost of about Rs. 2000 crore,” she said.