After a two-year long delay, the first Aerial Bunched Cable (ABC) system in the state, mooted at Muvattupuzha electrical division, is one step closer to becoming reality with KSEB all set to float tenders for the project.
A Sathyadas, chief engineer, KSEB Ernakulam circle, said all steps have been taken to float tenders from Tuesday. As per the plan, e-tenders will be invited for laying electrical line for 9-km stretch from Prayipra to Muvattupuzha town as a first phase. The construction work is expected to start by March, he added.
According to the officials with the KSEB, the Aerial Bunched Cable System, a novel concept for power distribution, will provide higher safety and reliability, lower power losses and ultimate system economy by reducing installation, maintenance and operative cost while compared to conventional distribution system.
ABC is suitable for rural areas and attractive for hilly, forest,coastal areas too. It is considered to be the best choice for power distribution in urban areas.
ABC System was proposed for Muvattupuzha by Union minister K C Venugopal in February 2012. Though the project got Union Government’s approval and an amount of `1 crore from centre as funding in the same year, the project has come to a standstill owing to red tapism.
The project has been planned to execute with the financial aid from Central Government and State Government.
According to the officials with the KSEB, there were some technical issues regarding the project as it is a novel initiative in the state. Unavailability of clear guidelines and project details caused delaying the project, officials added. Joseph Vazhakan MLA has said that all issues have been sorted out regarding the project and tenders will be invited this week.
We are planning to start the construction work of the project by next month. Once the work is started, it will be completed in a time-bound manner. If things go as planned, the project will be functional within one year, the MLA added.