The Electricity Department on Friday commenced work on the underground cabling in the Calangute constituency.
The tender worth Rs 6.5-crore has been given to Pune-based Royal Turnkey, and the work is expected to be completed within four months, though the deadline is one year, Mr K J George, executive engineer, told mediapersons.
The Calangute MLA, Mr Michael Lobo, unveiled the plaque to mark the inauguration of underground power cabling work at the Calangute association grounds in the presence of Calangute and Arpora panchayat members and senior officials of the Electricity Department.
The Power Minister, Mr Milind Naik, who was slated to unveil the plaque could not make it to the function because of other pressing work, informed Mr Lobo.
“Eight years ago parts of Calangute and Candolim had got underground power cabling, but after that the work was stopped. Now we want to complete the whole network of 33 km, with two branches in Calangute and Arpora. What is above ground will now go underground. The load in this area has increased tremendously because of the large number of resorts and hotels,” Mr Lobo said, adding that the 11 kV feeder line is very important. All old electricity poles are also going to be replaced, particularly along the beachside.
He also said that the main Electricity Department office would be
shifted from Candolim to a new premise at the proposed new market
complex at Bodkovhod once it is completed.
“There are many other projects pending which, I think, we will inaugurate in the next six months,” he said.
The Calangute sarpanch, Ms Anna-Marie D’Souza and others thanked the MLA for launching a number of infrastructure works in Calangute. [NT]