Panaji, July 28, 2014 … Minister for Power Shri Milind Naik has said that Government has initiated efforts to improve and provide uninterrupted power supply to the people of Goa. Minister said that thrust will be laid on laying underground cables to get rid of power fluctuation.

Shri Naik was speaking after commencing the work of extension of single phase three wire LT Street light line  costing Rs. 71,84,781/- under Public Lighting Scheme in the presence of Minister for Industries Shri Mahadev Naik and Shri Ganesh Gaonkar, MLA and Chairman of IDC at a function held at Bethoda today.

Speaking further, Minister said that transient interruptions during rains are inevitable. Punctured insulator, Falling trees, Branches, coconut leaves on overhead lines and thereby disrupting power supply are beyond control and cannot be resolved within a short time it will take some time. Converting Overhead lines to underground would reduce interruptions considerably, he added.

The Power Minister said during past two years the power scenario in Goa has improved significantly. The Government will now accord  priority for laying underground cables with thrust on 11KV particularly in those areas where there are more tree which causes power interruption. In this direction, Minister announced that the Government has earmarked Rs. 40 Crores for underground cabling of 11KV power line in Shiroda and that this work will be taken up in a phased manner in entire State.

The Power Minister also sought wholehearted Co-operation of the people including the representatives of local Self Government bodies to support the endeavors of the Government and help resolve issues related to power supply.

Speaking on the occasion Minister for Industries Shri Mahadev Naik said that leveling of acquired land admeasuring 2 lakh 16 thousand mtrs. area for setting up of Industrial Estate at Panchawadi – Shiroda is already begun which will be completed within a couple of months. He said, by setting up Industrial Estate people of Shiroda and its surrounding areas will get the benefits which will reduce the unemployment he added.

 Shri Ganesh Gaonkar, MLA and Chairman of IDC also spoke on the occasion.

Shri Durgaprasad Vaidya, Panchayat Member, Ms. Jyoti Gaude, Panchayat Member, Shri L.D. Kolvenkar Supdt. Engineer, Shri Shivshankar  Executive Engineer, Shri Vallabh Samant AE and other Ward  Members of Village Panchayats amongst those were present on the occasion.

Smt. Punam Samant, Sarpanch of  Betoda, Nirankal, Conxem-Codar  welcomed the guest.  Shri Chandrakant Samant, Panchayat Member proposed vote of thanks.