If all goes well, the power transmission loss in the major cities in the state will be reduced to 15 per cent from the current 18-20 per cent by December next year.
The second phase of the Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (APDRP) of the Union Ministry of Power - Restructured APDRP - to achieve the target, is in various stages of implementation in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode cities.
Though the national average of transmission loss is 15 per cent, the state experiences a loss of 18-20 per cent which will be reduced after the complete implementation of the project. The KSEB will bear the total cost of the project. However, the Central Government will later reimburse half of the expenses. The recently-held board meeting of the KSEB had given green signal for the entire project.
The R-APDRP project envisages reducing both technical and commercial losses. Technical losses occur owing to the overloading of feeders and transformers, aging of conductors and poor voltage regulation.
Laying underground cables and replacement of hardware are the major works that will be carried out under the project. Experts point out that power transmission loss is a huge concern as Kerala depends more on other states for its power requirements.
KSEB Chief Engineer (Distribution) V V Sathyaraj said that the board is planning to complete the implementation of the the project in the three cities by December 2014.
“The main aim of the Central government-assisted project is to cut transmission losses. Some hardware requirements have to be put in place which will ultimately lead to automated system in the three cities. The half of the expense for the project will be paid back by the Central Government within five years,” he added.