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Jayalalithaa writes to PM over power shortage

Last Updated: Friday, March 9, 2012 - 12:55

Chennai: Faced with acute power shortage in the state, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Friday sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s intervention for allocating 1000 MW of additional power to tide over the crisis.

In a letter to Singh, Jayalalithaa recalled that she had taken up with him the matter during their meeting on June 14 last year when she visited Delhi after assuming power.

Jayalalithaa said she had requested 1000 MW of additional power for the state for a period of one year till the central power utilities, which supply power to Tamil Nadu, commenced their production. Of this, only 100 MW was recently allotted,
she said.

"This inaction and non-responsiveness to our repeated
requests during this unprecedented power crisis only shows
callousness and indifference on the part of the Centre," she
said in her letter to Singh.

She said major power projects to be executed by Central
PSUs such as BHEL, NLC and NTPC were `inordinately delayed`
and to offset the part of the deficit, the state government
was trying to procure power from other states with fair amount
of success.

"However, non-availability of a Transmission Corridor has
deprived Tamil Nadu of receiving the contracted power. To cite
some examples, Tamil Nadu has contracted a capacity of 500 MW
from Gujarat. Of this, only 203 MW could be transmitted. The
727 MW of Night Power contracted from Dadri Power Station
(Uttar Pradesh) of M/s NTPC was also curtailed," she said.

The state had contracted around 1750 MW of power from
outside for March this year, she said.

"The power deficit situation in Tamil Nadu has been
aggravated by the prevailing corridor congestion. The problem
of corridor congestion has also been represented to the
Central authorities several times", Jayalalithaa said.

"I request you to kindly intervene in the matter and ensure
that the required quantum of 1000 MW of power transmission
lines is released to enable Tamil Nadu to receive power
contracted by Tamil Nadu Electricity Board", she told Singh.

"The amazing alacrity shown in superimposing fetters on the
rights of the states may also be bestowed on concern for the
essential needs of the states and attention to fulfilling
them," she said.

Acute power shortage had affected the industrial units in
the state even as the state government has revised
load-shedding duration besides announcing power holidays for

The fate of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, which was
due to have gone on steam by now, also hangs in the balance
following months of protests by locals led by an anti-nuclear


First Published: Friday, March 9, 2012 - 12:55

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