AGARTALA, Nov 5 � The groundwork for erection of high power transmission line to evacuate power from Palatana plant to Bangladesh would start by next month, official sources confirmed here on Tuesday.
A crucial decision on the erection of 400 KV transmission line has been taken at a meeting of Indo-Bangla Joint Working Group held at Prajna Bhavan here on Monday.
The 47- km proposed transmission line would be starting from Central Transmission Centre at Suryamaninagar in Bishalgarh subdivision and will touch Kanchanmala before entering South Comilla of Bangladesh, Managing Director of Tripura State Corporation Ltd (TSECL) SK Roy, who attended the meeting, said here.
�In the meeting, it was decided to undertake the erection work from next month and PGCL will execute the 47 km stretch�, he said.
Following persistent persuasion from Dhaka for months, the Union Government has decided to sell 100 MW power to power-starved Bangladesh. Since there is no transmission line, both sides have decided to erect high power transmission line to evacuate power to South Comilla in Bangladesh.
Roy said the State is supposed to receive 196 MW power from Palatana power plant when the second unit goes into commercial operation. �Since the State will have excess power after coming up of second unit of Palatana project, we can sell at least 100 MW power to Bangladesh at a good price.
To evacuate the excess power, a high power transmission line is expected to be put in place by December next year and we are working on it�, he said. Second unit of Palatana power plant is scheduled to get operational by December.