By Supratim Dey
With the first unit of 726 MW Palatana power project in Tripura expected to start commercial production soon, Assam hopes to draw its share of 120 MW of power despite hurdles in evacuating power from the project site.
The first unit, which is of 363 MW, has already started its trial run and is presently producing around 45-50 MW of power. However, due to non-completion of erection of high-voltage transmission line to evacuate from project site at Palatana in south Tripura and connect to North Eastern grid in Bongaigaon in Assam, production of power to its optimum capacity might get delayed. The transmission line of 400 KV, which is being erected by North East Transmission Company Ltd (NETCL), a venture of Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL), is expected to come up by July 2013. The 400 KV transmission line would pass through three states namely Tripura, Meghalaya and Assam and the total length of the transmission line would be around 650 km.
Despite the delay in erecting the high-voltage transmission line, Assam hopes to draw at least 120 MW of power from the Tripura project in a month or so. As transmission line from Palatana to Silchar in south Assam has already been erected, Assam has readied infrastructure within the state to draw 120 MW of power.