Thiruvananthapuram: It is a big day for the State of Kerala as the Prime minister Narendra Modi is to inaugurate and lay the foundation of key projects in the state at 4:30 via video conferencing on Friday. The Prime Minister will inaugurate the 320 KV Pugalur (Tamil Nadu) – Thrissur (Kerala) power transmission project. It is a Voltage Source Convertor (VSC) based High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) project and has India’s first HVDC link featuring state-of-the-art VSC technology. Built at a cost of Rs 5,070 crores, it will facilitate transfer of 2000 MW power from the western region and help meet the growth in load for the people of Kerala.
Another project, the 50 MW Kasaragod Solar Power Project, developed under the National Solar Energy Mission with Centre’s investment of around Rs 280 crores would be dedicated to the nation by the Prime minister. It is spread over 250 acres of land across Paivalike, Meenja and Chippar villages of Kasaragod district.
The Chief Minister of Kerala, along with Union Ministers of State (I/C) for Power and New and Renewable Energy, and Housing and Urban Affairs, will also be present on the occasion.
The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone of the Integrated Command and Control Centre, and Smart Roads Project in Thiruvananthapuram.
Projected to be built at a cost of Rs 94 crores, Integrated Command and Control Centre is being set up to host Smart Solutions for Thiruvananthapuram Municipal Corporation, and will act as a common point of action during emergency situations to facilitate coordinated action. Smart Roads Project, to be undertaken at an estimated cost of Rs 427 crores, envisages converting 37 Kms of existing roads in Thiruvananthapuram to world-class smart roads by bringing all overhead utilities underneath and undertaking road and junction improvements.
Moreover, the Prime Minister will inaugurate the 75 MLD (million litres per day) Water Treatment Plant at Aruvikkara, built under the AMRUT Mission. It will boost supply of drinking water to people of Thiruvananthapuram and help avoid disruption of drinking water supply to the city in the event of maintenance work in the existing treatment plants in Aruvikkara.