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Monday, June 6, 2011

Tamilnadu CM Jayalalithaa asks Centre to allocate 1000 MW power

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa has asked the Union government to allocate additional power to the tune of 1000 MW to the state from the Central pool from June 2011 to May 2012.
The request comes in the backdrop of a severe power shortage in the state affecting agriculture sector, industry and domestic consumers.

In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh , Jayalalithaa highlighted that the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board was "resorting to scheduled load shedding of about 1,500 MW and frequent unscheduled load shedding due to an increasing demand and stagnant generation of power."

The power cuts were "badly affecting the industrial sector and the domestic consumers, while agriculture was the worst hit since it affected food production," she said.

Since many new projects are in various stages of construction (including Central projects such as Kudankulam Atomic Power Station and Neyveli Thermal Power Station Stage II expansion) "it may take one or two more years for the state to generate additional power," she wrote.

According to a policy note of the state government's energy department, the total installed capacity - excluding renewable energy sources - is 10,214 MW, including the state's share from the central pool. The average power demand for 2011-12 is projected to be 14,224 MW, and for 2012-13 it is expected to be 15,517 MW.

Though the new government has taken steps to improve energy efficiency, the power shortage is likely to continue for some more time due to lack of capacity for additional generation of power.

The state government has also requested the Prime Minister to issue instructions to speed up the completion of the ongoing central power projects in Tamil Nadu.

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