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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Jayalalithaa seeks funds to ease power crisis in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today (14-June-2011). During the meeting, she handed over a memorandum detailing the state government's demands including an additional 1000 MW of power to Tamil Nadu from the central grid.
Jayalalithaa, armed with a resolution on the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka and seeking an economic package for her state, met Singh for about 20 minutes at the his 7 Race Course Road residence.

Last week, Jayalalithaa had requested the PM to allocate an additional 1,000 MW of power to Tamil Nadu from the central pool for about a year. She also asked him to issue instructions to speed up the central power projects coming up in TN.

In a letter to Singh, Jayalalithaa had said: "Due to increasing demand and stagnant generation of power, the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board is resorting to scheduled load-shedding of around 1,500 MW and frequent unscheduled load-shedding."

While the power demand in the state is around 11,500 MW, the supply is only around 7,300 MW.
Households now face a scheduled power cut of two hours a day and industries have a four hour scheduled power cut plus an additional three hour switch off during peak demand hours of 5 pm to 8 pm.

One of the reasons for the crisis is the rapid industrialization that the state has witnessed over the past few years.

Jayalalithaa has requested the centre for the allocation of adequate funding to put up 10 Solar Energy Parks to generate 3000 MW at a cost of Rs 45,000 crore.

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