The Meenvallom Small Hydel Project is executed by the District Panchayat, Palakkad through Palakkad Small hydro Company Ltd, a company constituted by District Panchayat registered according to the Companies Act 1956 at the Registrar of Companies, Ernakulam, Kerala.
The 3 MW (2 x 1.5 MW), 8.47 MU (Million Units) Meenvallom Project situates in
Palakkad District, Mannarkkad Block and Karimba Panchayat. The Project is a run
off the river scheme and constitutes a 6.5 m height and 59.8m length small weir in
Thuppanad River which is a tributary of Thootha puzha which itself is a tributary of
Bharathapuzha. The Thuppanad River is a perennial stream. The impounding water
at the reservoir is brought through a 582 meter length penstock pipe to run two
Pelton wheel horizontal turbines and two numbers 1500 KW, 3.3KV, 50
Cycles/second synchronous Generators housed at a power house at the bank of the
same stream. The 3.3KV generated supply is stepped up to 11KV and is transmitted
to nearby 110KV substation at Kalladikode. The tailrace water after generation is
allowed to flow to the same river.
The weir, the penstock, the power house and the tail race are situated in reserve forest land to an extant of 1.15 Ha coming under Mannarkkad Forest Division. 3KM approach road has been constructed by District Panchayat through people participation and 3.5 KM 11 KV line has been constructed under deposit work for transmission of generated supply.
The Project was synchronized to the KSEB grid on 17.06.2014 and commissioned both Machines on 29.08.2014 by Sri Arayadan Mohammed the Hon. Minster for Electricity, Government of Kerala in a grand function near the Power house which was presided over by Sri Vijayadas M.L.A.
The project area is in the Karimba Grama Panchayat, about 30 km north-east of Palakkad along the Palakkad-Mannarkkad route. The catchment of the waterfall is located between 76°35' and 76°38' East longitude and 10°53' and 10°56' North latitude (Figure 4.1). The Thuppanad Puzha in which the falls are situated is a tributary of Thuthapuzha draining into Bharathapuzha. Thuppanad Puzha originates from Palla Mala, in the Palakkad hills of Western Ghats, located south-west of Elival Muthikulam hills and south of Attappady plateau. The river flows westward for a length of 29 km before joining the Karimpuzha, north of Easwaramangalam. Here the river is called Thoothapuzha. The Meenvallom Falls as such is located 4.5 km downstream from its origin in the Karimba Panchayat, at around 10 km east of Kalladikkode in the Palakkad-Kozhikode national highway.
Location Map – Meenvallom Small Hydel Project