Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL) has finalised its plans to modernise the power transmission network intended to meet the raising power demand, Energy Minister Shivakumar said.
Press Trust of India cited Shivakumar as saying to reporters that the plan includes 244 system improvement works worth INR51bn ($866.3m) and is scheduled to be completed in around two years.
"These works would be completed during the 12th Plan period," Shivakumar said.
"This would improve the availability of power to the state grid and save a lot of money in getting the power from the outside."
The plan comprises setting up of INR30bn ($509.6m) worth 1,320km of 400kV double circuit lines to link the upcoming power generating stations as well as improvement works in Bangalore costing INR20.27bn ($344.3m).
Additional work under the plan includes setting up an exclusive green corridor in order to evacuate non-conventional power from wind and solar plants.
The New Indian Express reported Shivakumar as saying that, "Three 400 kV stations will be built at Gulbarga, Chikkanayakanahalli and Bellary at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore to evacuate close to 3,100 MW of power."
"This will be added in the next three years at Yermarus (1,600 MW), Edlapura (800 MW) and Bellary (700 MW) Thermal Power Stations. This will help improve the availability of power to the state grid."
Image: KPTCL to upgrade power transmission network. Photo: courtesy of Naypong/Freedigitalphotos.net.