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Palakkad becomes first fully electrified district in India

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Shinde at palakkadPalakkad became the first fully electrified district of the country on 16-02-2010, when Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde made the declaration at Ottappalam, the dreams of hundreds of ‘‘powerless’’ familes had been fulfilled. They included 502 Scheduled Tribe, 2907 Scheduled Caste and around 12,560 backward class families. It is a silent but electrifying revolution that has come to Palakkad about which the LDF government can be proud.

"India would achieve self-reliance in producing power generation equipment in one-and-a-half years. The equipment and ancillaries like turbines were now mostly being produced by public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. More companies had entered the sector in recent times," Shinde said. The minister noted that the government was taking effective measures to bring down transmission losses.

"The achievement of Kerala in this regard has been commendable as transmission loss of the state grid stands at 18.7%, against the national average of 37%," he said. State electricity minister, A K Balan, who also spoke, said works totalling Rs 545 crore had been taken up for creating or upgrading power infrastructure in the district in the last four years.

The total electrification campaign was taken up as a major programme by the LDF government after it came to power in 2006. It was projected as an important achievement like the record set by the state in securing cent per cent literacy and universal education.

The funds for undertaking the project in Palakkad were met by the local bodies, where the majority are ruled by the LDF. The work began in January 2009 and it was then decided to conduct an Assembly- wise survey of unelectrified houses and draw up the required estimates. The funds were mobilised from the three-tier panchayats, local area development funds of MPs and MLAs, Backward Region Grants Fund (BRGF) and the remaining amount was footed by the KSEB.

The corpus fund from the Scheduled Caste and Tribe Welfare Department was also utilised. The estimate for drawing additional lines, setting up transformers and the like was calculated at Rs 21.36 crore. The final amount spent was around Rs 25 crore.

Since the Attappadi tribal area was part of the Mannarkad Assembly constituency, the largest estimate of Rs 8.09 crore was drawn up for the constituency.

State Electricity Minister A K Balan said works totalling Rs 545 crore were taken up for upgrading power infrastructure in the district in the last four years. Taking electricity to every corner of the district, parts of which are hilly terrain with tribal population, was an ambitious task, he said, adding the Palakkad model would be extended to other parts of Kerala to achieve the goal of total electrification within a few years.

"Taking electricity to every nook and corner of the sprawling agrarian district, parts of which are hilly terrain with tribal population was an ambitious task," he said.

The minister said the Palakkad model would be extended to other parts of Kerala to achieve the goal of total electrification within a few years.

State opposition leader Oommen Chandy was among those present on the occasion.
 

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