Sankarankoil: Facing flak over the grim
power situation in the state, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa Wednesday assured the scenario would improve from
June next with the completion of various projects leading to
total capacity addition of 1950 mw.
"Power generation is being given high priority and I am
giving special focus to this," she said at an election rally
here in support of party candidate S Muthuselvi for the March
18 bypoll to Sankarankoil assembly constituency.
Power plants in North Chennai, Vallur and Mettur were on
the fast track and the government had taken efforts to ensure 1950 mw by June and another 600 mw by October, ensuring 2,550 mw of power by the year-end, she said.
"The power shortage will start declining from June. Our
efforts to buy power during this period have proved futile
following congestion in the transmission corridor," she said
about the issue which she had recently taken up with Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh.
Referring to reports about India planning to support Sri
Lanka in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)
against a US-sponsored resolution against Colombo for alleged
war crimes, she remarked sarcstically "this is the concern of
Congress towards Tamils."
The Chief Minister, who is on a whirlwind tour of the
constituency as part of her campaign schedule, recalled the
various welfare measures being implemented by her government.
Bypoll to the constiuency in Tirunelveli District was
necessitated due to the death of Minister C Karuppasamy in
October last and the ruling party is facing DMK, DMDK, MDMK
and BJP in the electoral battle.