Despite having been a part of the India power T&D for over 50 years, lack of awareness and expertise of utilities, have left monopoles as yet obscured.
Domestic price competitions affects product quality
India has a strong base of over 500 transformer industries with an overall capacity of 1,000 GVA per annum. The contribution for discoms/utilities is about 50 per cent while rest is catering to the export market.
Can address both space And aesthetics issues in smart cities
Developed power sector markets like North America and Europe have been using monopoles since 1960s. However BEL had set-up the first world-class, state-of-the-art galvanized steel structure manufacturing unit in India at MIDC Ranjangaon, near Pune in 2002
Factors like space And aesthetics important for replacement
As far as need for replacement of existing T&D tower with monopole is concerned, it depends on the factors like space and aesthetic requirement for monopoles to be installed in developing urban areas. And for rural area it will be a requirement where RoW problems exist, especially in agriculture lands and land requirement for transmission along the highways.
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