‘Underground cabling in Salcete coastal belt soon’


 The electricity department would soon initiate the project of laying underground electric cables in the villages of the coastal belt, including that of Cortalim constituency.
This project will benefit hundreds of households, especially households of the fishing community, who presently experience irregular and fluctuating power supply to their homes.
Following several complaints from the villagers and particularly from the members of the fishing community, the Minister for Environment and Forest, Ms Alina Saldanha, held a meeting with the Power Minister, Mr Milind Naik. The meeting was also attended by the executive engineer, Division XI, Vasco, Mr Gopinathan Pillai, executive engineer, Division XIV, Verna, Ms Reshma Methew, assistant engineer, Division XI, Vasco, Mr H Giridhar, assistant engineer, Division XIV, Verna, Mr G Chandramohan and other officials.
Mr Naik assured Ms Saldanha that he would solve the problem of power supply and also gave assurance to fulfill the requirements such as electrical fittings. He said additional transformers would be installed in the places/localities that experience severe power shortage and low voltage problem, T-5 fixtures would be installed at all the important junctions throughout the constituency and that sagging electricity cables would be tightened and street tubelights would be replaced with CFL fixtures along the main road. Mr Pillai was entrusted with the task of overseeing the proposed works to be taken up in Cortalim constituency.
Mr Naik informed that it has been decided that underground cabling would be done in all coastal villages, however, a lot of preparatory ground work is required in order to implement the project and therefore the work would be completed only in the next 2 to 3 years, he said. [NT]