Mapusa: The Mapusa town will soon see underground power cabling, which was a long pending demand of the people here.
The electricity department had prepared an estimate of Rs 131 crore for undertaking underground power cabling for Mapusa, and the same has been sanctioned by the government.
One of the major woes of the people of Mapusa is power cuts. The locals have been facing power outages for the last number of years.
Frequent power disruptions are witnessed during the monsoon due to the falling of tree branches resulting in snapping of the overhead electricity wires. Residents for the last two decades have been demanding underground power cabling so that there is a better power supply.
Initially, in 2004, underground power cabling for the town was proposed by the former MLA Francis D’Souza. In October 2017, the then chief minister Manohar Parrikar, during a meeting in the town, had directed the electricity department to prepare a fresh estimate for undertaking underground power cabling work by avoiding roads, and making maximum use of footpath and drain areas. Following the direction of the chief minister, ‘REC with TATA Power’ was appointed as a consultant to undertake a detail survey of the town.
The consultant then submitted a detailed project report to the Mapusa electricity department office which further prepared an estimate and submitted it to the state government.
Commenting on the status of the underground power cabling project, executive engineer Pradip Narvekar said, “An estimate for the underground power cabling work was submitted to the government and the same has been sanctioned by the Power Minister Nilesh Cabral. All the high-tension and low-tension lines in the market area will be laid underground, and for the same documentation has been prepared by central service cell.” He further informed that “currently, in Mapusa there are two feeders, which are loaded, and so one more feeder is also proposed under the same works.”