GCDA Recent established windmill leaf Came Off

19 July 2013

Hardly three weeks after it was installed with much fanfare, one of the leaves of the windmill at the Marine Drive came off a second time in heavy rain and wind on Thursday afternoon leaving the Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) with egg on its face.

GCDA chairman N. Venugopal, however, washed his hands of the incident stating that the agency entrusted with setting up the windmill was yet to hand it over to the GCDA officially. “We had made it clear at the outset that we will take possession of the windmill only after it is in working condition. We will not pay the agency till then,” he said.

Mr. Venugopal said the GCDA has asked United Electricals, a Kollam-based public limited company entrusted with the setting up of the windmill, to give it in writing if they did not have the capability to operate and maintain it.

“Even the one leaf that came off was not due to any defect. In fact, we were working on the windmill and one of our men atop it had loosened that leaf for inspection when heavy rain lashed the area. He could no longer hold on to it and thus it came off,” said Harinarayanan, chief consultant of United Electricals.

Leaving just two of the three leaves would have damaged them and the entire windmill structure. Hence they were brought down, he said. Mr. Harinarayanan said the leaves would be restored on Thursday if the rain stayed off.

Source– http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/windmill-leaf-comes-off-again-gcda-redfaced/article4928790.ece

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