In a move that will give the residents of the newly extended areas of Chennai Corporation enough reasons to cheer, Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) would replace overhead cables with an underground cable network. The old areas under Corporation that continue to have the over head cables will also be benefited by this project.
The underground cables help prevent electrocution by cable snaps due to rain or windy weather conditions.This also helps in avoiding low voltage complaints.
The project that is estimated to cost Rs.2567 crores will benefit the North, West and South circles of the city. The areas identified for the replacement of the overhead lines with underground cables are Napalayam, Vadaperumbakkam, Lakshmipuram, Retteri, Gandhi Nagar, Kolathur, Kodungaiyur, Vyasarpadi, Tiruvottiyur, Ennore, Manali, Ernavoor, Madhavaram, Manjambakkam, Mathur, Sothuperumbedu, Maduravoyal, Menambedu, J.J. Nagar, Red Hills, Alappakkam, Vanagaram, Ayappakkam, Padi, Korattur, and Nolambur.
The areas in the south region benefited by this project would be Madipakkam, Nanganallaur, Medavakkam, Pallavaram, Porur, Virugambakkam, Valasaravakkam and parts of Tambaram. Some areas such as Velacherry, Guindy, Adyar and K.K.Nagar.
The project that is currently in planning stage is expected to begin by early next year and is projected to take two years for completion. Tenders would soon be floated to procure the cables.