Udupi, May 31, 2016: Briefing media , Udupi MLA Pramod Madhwaraj, stated that a proposal had been submitted to the Department of Energy to set up power sub-stations at Parkala and Udyavar to improve power transmission in those areas.
After chairing a review meeting of engineers of MESCOM, Mangalore Electricity Supply Company of Udupi Assembly Constituency, MLA Madhwaraj said that while land was available for setting up a sub-station in Parkala, it was yet to be identified in Udyavar. A sub-station would also be set up at the MESCOM office in Udupi.
The construction of a sub-station was progressing slowly at Malpe for the last five years. He had directed MESCOM officials to take action against the contractor concerned. A proposal of Rs. 86 lakh had been submitted to the department for installing insulated cables in the constituency including three places in Kallianpur village and at Chitpady in Udupi city.
A day would be set aside to do field work and check the functioning of all generators in all power stations in the constituency. This would be done so that no lineman got injured due to backfiring of generators. During the sporadic rain, accompanied by gusty winds in the district in the early part of this month, 796 electricity poles, 78 transformers and 19.17 kilometres of power lines were damaged.
The total loss had been estimated at Rs. 82 lakh. In Udupi constituency, 187 low tension poles, 29 high tension poles and 14 transformers were damaged. Nearly 90 per cent of poles and transformers had been restored.
The work of restoration of the remaining poles and transformed would be completed in a week. “I have directed the officials of MESCOM to take all precautionary measures for the monsoon,” he said. The work to cut off branches of trees which might fall on transmission lines due to rains and winds during monsoon had already started in the constituency and would be completed within a week, Mr. Madhwaraj said.
Earlier, MESCOM officials gave details of 24x7 telephone numbers for any complaints related to power supply. The numbers are: 2520313, 2536220 and 2536221 in Udupi, 2573699 in Manipal, and 2561066 and 2560166 in Brahmavar.
Gururaj Suvarna, Superintending Engineer, MESCOM, Sharatchandra Pal, Executive Engineer, were present.