Work on underground cabling kicked off on Monday and if everything goes as per plans then the 11 kV line will go underground of the entire Mapusa city by the end of 2023.
Local MLA Joshua D’Souza inaugurated the commencement of underground power cable work in the town in the presence of Mapusa Municipal Council Chairperson Shubhangi Vaigankar and power department officials.
“It’s big work as we are laying the overhead 11 kV power lines underground in the entire Mapusa. The work is expected to be completed in one and half years, by end of 2023. We can expect a very stable and continuous power supply in Mapusa,” D’Souza said.
Executive Engineer at the Mapusa Electricity Department, Pradeep Narvekar informed that at most places the contractor will use the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) technique to lay the power cable to minimise road cutting.
He said for a distance of 40 km the HDD method will be used and in other areas, the road will have to be cut.
“We have got special permission from the collector to carry on with the work using the HDD method during the rains. We need cooperation from the councillors and public so that we can complete the work on time,” Narvekar appealed.
The work costing around Rs 116 crore will involve laying the 11 kV High Tension line underground in entire Mapusa while the Low Tension cables in the municipal market, Angod, Morod, Dattavadi, court junction, Alankar, Khorlim, Bodgeshwar temple, Bus-stand and Ansabhat areas will also go underground.
New RMUs (transformers) will be erected all around the town.
The local MLA informed that a lot of work has been taken up in Mapusa due to the support of the chief minister.
“One month ago we inaugurated the Tar bridge and we can expect a lot of work in the next five years,” he said.
He said people will have to bear with some inconvenience but once the work is complete people will have a big relief from power fluctuation.