Madurai: The Madras High Court bench here on Tuesday ordered notice to the Centre on a petition seeking to decongest Electrical Transmission Corridor (ETC) so that Tamil Nadu could get power purchased from other states.
Admitting a PIL in this regard by B Stalin, an advocate,
Justice Chitra Venkatraman and Justice R Karuppiah ordered
notice to Union Power Ministry among others.
The petitioner submitted that the Centre should be directed
to ease out the ETC congestion, which according to him, resulted
in non-supply of electricity to Tamil Nadu from other states,
including Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.
The counsel for the petitioner said the state government
had made arrangements for purchasing 500 mw of power from
Gujarat and 727 mw from Uttar Pradesh. But it could not be
tapped due to electrical transmission line congestion, he said.
The petitioner also sought to restrain the Centre from
supplying power generated by Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC)
to other states until energy crisis in Tamil Nadu was solved.
He said the power generated from NLC was sufficient to meet
the demands of Tamil Nadu and hence the energy should not be
shared with other states.