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- Power situation has improved, but can get better: Goa Inc
Power situation has improved, but can get better: Goa Inc
Power scenario at industrial estates in Goa has drastically improved. Not all estates, but those that have the luxury of underground conductors are a happy lot. The rest are demanding replacement of overhead conductors with underground ones. VIKANT SAHAY spoke to the presidents of some of the industrial estates to find out about power related issues plaguing them
Goa arguably supplies the cheapest power in the country, be it for domestic or industrial use. Also, by and large the quality and stability of power to the industrial estates has been seen satisfactory. What industry is looking for is maintenance and upgradation.
President of Thivim Industries Association, S P Verenkar is reasonably satisfied with the power situation. Only last year underground cabling has replaced the over-head transmission lines. “Last year, underground conductors of 11 KV from Thivim to Karaswada have been laid and since then 99 per cent of power failures are not there. However, there are voltage fluctuations. For this, we have requested the Power Minister of Goa to look into the matter about two months ago and he has assured that this problem too shall be rectified,” said Mr Verenkar. Also, shortly the Thivim Industrial Estate will also have a 33x11 KVA substation.
Cuncolim industrial estate has problems with overhead conductors. It gets corroded due to dust and chemicals leading to snapping and resulting in frequent breakdown of power supply. The Cuncolim Industrial Association has been requesting the electricity department for the past six years to change the overhead conductors to underground conductors.
“We consume approximately around 400 MVA of power per month. Unfortunately, we are the only industrial estate which has no street lights. The whole Industrial area is in darkness. For the past nearly 21 years we are fighting for the street lights and the files keep oscillating between the GIDC and Electricity Department. It is like a ping pong game,” said Abhay Keny, president of Cuncolim Industrial Association.
Kundaim Industrial Estate urgently requires 110 KVA sub-station along with rectification of underground conductors. The estate is facing problems as regards to the quality of power. Street lighting is also an issue here as the Industry Association feels that it is inadequate. The officials of the Kundaim Industrial Association have already approached Goa IDC with their list of demands.
Kundaim Industrial Association, president, Kiran Shirshat said, “We had a meeting with managing director of the Goa IDC last month and we were asked to give our list of requirements, which we have done. We are eagerly waiting now.”
“At Verna Industrial Estate, presently the total power load is 108 MVA and the estate is expecting the same to double in next ten years as SEZ land and other expansion projects due to change in building regulations will be coming up in this industrial estate,” said T K Pawase, executive secretary of Verna Industries Association.