Tuesday, March 29, 2011

100 Years Of Electricity In Mysore

" The royal city of Mysore will catch up with history today viz Friday, the 26th Sept 2008. It is exactly 100 years ago that the city got electricity. The Maharaja of Mysore, Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, ushered in the electrical era in style by switching on the power from the throne in Jagan Mohan Palace . The city was lit up on Sept 26, 1908 thanks to the efforts of the then Dewan of Mysore ,K..Seshadri Iyer and Deputy Chief Engineer of Mysore State, Major A. J. DeLotebiniere, who thought about harnessing power from the River Kaveri at Shivanasamudram.

The completion of the Shivanasamudram hydroelectric project brought about a complete revolution in the working of most of the gold mines in Kolar Gold Fields. The erstwhile Mysore State held the enviable position of establishing the first major hydroelectric generating station for commercial purposes in 1902. Elephants and horses and bullock carts were used to carry the heavy equipment brought from United Kingdom and USA to the hilly terrain. Wooden poles were specially imported from Australia for the transmission lines.

Shivanasamudram is the place where the first hydroelectric power station in Asia was set up "

Created: Thursday, September 25, 2008 9:42 PM


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