Chennai, Feb 11 (): Tamil Nadu will be free of power cuts from end of this year,2013 said chief minister Jayalalithaa bringing a ray of hope to the State grappling with severe power crisis.
Jayalalithaa, during a discussion in the Assembly last week squarely put the blame on the previous DMK regime for the poor power situation in Tamil Nadu. During 2001-2006, when she was in power, Jayalalithaa said though various power generation schemes to the tune of 3095 MW were started, they were not taken forward by the DMK that subsequently assumed power in the State.
Jayalalithaa stated that since she assumed power in the year 2011, the pending projects were advanced after a thorough review of the power situation in Tamil Nadu.
Different units of Vallur and Mettur thermal projects and a joint venture with Neyveli Lignite Corporation would start generating power in the coming months at different points of time and some of them are said to have already wrapped up trial runs.
The state was already getting 375 MW and will get another 2175 MW by June and 762 MW by year-end out of the total 3,312 MW of electricity from these projects, Jayalaithaa said.
Further, Kundankulam Nuclear Power Plant and the NLC’s Phase II expansion would also generate power and agreements have also been signed to obtain 900 MW from private players after June, while 500 MW of power will be taken from other States for three years, added Jayalalithaa.
Tenders will be called for two thermal power projects for 2640 MW and the state will also seriously consider solar power as a source for producing 3000 MW of energy to meet its future requirements, she said.
The state-run Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) had suffered losses to the tune of Rs 40,000 crore as on March 31, 2011 during the previous DMK regime.
Interestingly, a report submitted by TANGEDCO to Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission last month has estimated a shortfall to occur anywhere between 600 MW and 2000 MW for the year 2013-‘14.
Tamil Nadu with its current generation of 8,000 MW power faces a deficit of 4,000 MW against the present energy requirement of 12,000 MW.