The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation’s (TANGEDCO) plan of building five substations has been delayed by over a year. The city corporation is authorised to finalise the project as the required land belongs to it. As per the 13th master plan, land to accommodate five substations at different locations was found by the department in 2018.
The plots identified are located at Damodaran Street in Kannamapettai, Millers Road in Kodambakkam, Corporation Colony in Teynampet and Vadapalani. TANGEDCO is still trying to find land for two other substations.
If constructed soon, these substations will help improve power distribution in densely populated areas like Nungambakkam, Egmore, Purasaiwalkam, Mambalam and T Nagar.
The project, pegged at around Rs 120 crore, is partly funded by the Central government. Hence approval for such a project is usually given by the District Infrastructure Scheme Advisory (DISHA) Committee, constituted by a team of MPs, local MLAs, members from the city corporation and TANGEDCO. Four to five substations are being constructed in north and west Chennai and expected to be ready for use by 2020- end.