Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami announces measures to boost electricity infrastructure

A total of 25 electricity board sub-stations will be established at a cost of Rs 5,068 crore and 48 lakh across the State, said Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami in the Assembly on Tuesday.

Published: 13th June 2018 04:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th June 2018 05:54 AM   |  A+A-

Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami at the Assembly on Tuesday | Express

By Express News Service

CHENNAI:A total of 25 electricity board sub-stations will be established at a cost of Rs 5,068 crore and 48 lakh across the State, said Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami in the Assembly on Tuesday.

He made several announcements under rule 110 on Tuesday. He said, “An EB sub-station would be established at Samoogarengapuram in Tirunelveli district at a cost of Rs 600 crore. It will have a capacity of generating 400 MW by windmill and solar power in Aaralvaimozhi area.

In order to improve electricity infrastructure, six sub-stations will be established at KK Nagar and Ganesh Nagar in Chennai, Avadi and Ennore in Tiruvallur district, Maraimalainagar and Pallavaram in Kancheepuram district, with a capacity of 230 MW each at a cost of Rs 932.78 crore. Solar power stations with capacity of 250 MW would be established at a cost of Rs 1,125 crore at various reservoirs across the State. In order to reach 8,884 MW power by solar energy in 2013 “ Solar Energy policy-2012” will be modified and a “ New Energy Policy” will be framed to achieve the goals in energy sector.

Besides, in order to prevent communicable diseases in rural areas due to stagnant sewage water, a total of 2.5 lakh community sewage pits would be established across the State at a cost of Rs 168.94 crore. A total of 5,500 km length of rural stretches would be improved at a cost of Rs 1200 crore. Sewage treatment plants  would be established at 49 places at a cost of Rs 217 crore.

In order to extend the lifetime of Moyar hydro-power plant for the next 25 years and improve  power generation capacity, modernisation works would be carried out at a cost of Rs 67.05 crore. Repair works would be done for 45, 594 houses, which were constructed 25 years ago.

Key announcements by Agriculture Minister

● To encourage organic farming, certain pockets of TN will be declared as organic farming zones.
Cost: H5.05 crore
● MGR-100 new paddy variety will be popularised among farmers. Allocation: H1.19 crore
● H3cr for cultivating green manure crops in 50,000 acres to fortify soil health
● H6.60 crore for setting up godowns for storing quality seeds in 10 districts
● Bharat Ratna Dr MGR Traditional Paddy Custodian award to three farmers who show highest yield of traditional paddy varieties. H1 lakh, H75,000 and H50,000 is prize-money

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