Chennai, Dec 7 ():Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) Ltd has filed a petition before the Tamil Nadu Regulatory Commission (TNERC) following the direction of Madras high court’s Madurai Bench.
It has justified in its petition the two-hour power cuts enforced in Chennai with a series of explanations when the rest of Tamil Nadu wallows under 8-16 hours of power outages.
TANGEDCO in its petition argued that Chennai, being the capital city of Tamil Nadu is home to main government offices, foreign embassies, big hospitals, high court and secretariat. It further added that with the presence of several multi-storeyed buildings with elevators used for domestic and commercial purposes and hospitals, extensive hours of load shedding will put the city in trouble.
TANGEDCO also pointed out that enforcing extended power cuts in the metropolitan city would be impossible due to the crowded network in the city.
The Corporation took rescue in the practice adopted by the neighbouring Karnataka in load-shedding. It said that its capital city Bangalore had been totally exempted from power shutdowns while the remaining portions of the State faced power cuts.
Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TNCCI) has previously filed a petition seeking impartial distribution of power throughout the State. The Madurai bench observed that TANGEDCO cannot resort to unplanned load shedding for 12-16 hours a day without taking required approval from the commission. In response to it, TANGEDCO said that if the request of TNCCI is considered, it may then lead to severe problems, major losses and monetary loss for the State economy including TANGEDCO.
TANGEDCO has however urged the commission to allow continuing the present system.
Tamil Nadu faces a net power deficit to a tune of 4,000 MW, according to TANGEDCO. It hopes to address the issue favourably by December,2013 when power projects at Vallur, North Chennai and Kudankulam would all become operational by mid-2013. These new projects are expected to have an additional generation capacity of 4,300 MW by December next year.
Official sources say that the initial months of 2013 will be difficult with increased demand for electricity coupled with non-availability of neither wind energy nor monsoon.