Trichy/Coimbatore, Nov 9 (): It is quite an irony that the people of Tamil Nadu have to celebrate Deepavali – the festival of lights in darkness. Many factors are attributed to the power outages from different quarters, faced by the State of Tamil Nadu.
Tamil Nadu is said to be suffering from a loss of around 1,000 MW of power. Delay in launch of new projects, poor monsoon and coal shortage in power generating stations are the major reasons behind the crisis.
In Trichy, 18 hours of power cut has become the standard for the past three days. With a few days left for Deepavali, power consumption is said to be on the rise and hence the increased duration in power cuts. Inverters too prove not very useful as they run out of backup due to extended power cuts. P Annadurai, chief engineer, Trichy region says that power cuts will be reduced once the Deepavali festival is over.
The western Tamil Nadu covering Coimbatore, Tirupur, Erode and Salem reel under power cuts that go beyond 14 hours a day. A senior Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) Ltd official says that they are depending on the rains to pull them out of the crisis and added that they were forced to shut down one of the five gas turbine power stations due to short supply of gas.
Sources from Madurai say that the daily load shedding in the past few days has increased to about eight hours during the day which has affected the industrial output too.
The Tamil Nadu government is attempting to ensure that continued generation from the Vallur and Mettur thermal power projects is accomplished by this month end.
Meanwhile, the Federation of Consumer and Service Organizations is planning to move the court demanding the TNEB to treat at least all the corporations in equal terms with Chennai. M Sekharan, president of the federation questions why should they suffer 18 hours of power cut, while Chennai has only two hours of power outage.
Earlier, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, on October 5 had requested the union power ministry to re-allocate the winter-time surplus power surrendered by Delhi to Tamil Nadu that is staggering under severe power shortage.
However,the Centre on Thursday had told the Supreme Court that Tamil Nadu has to be held responsible for the power crisis as the grid is not strong enough to receive excess power.