Chennai, Mar 26 (): With steadily soaring summer temperature and drop in wind power generation, Tamil Nadu appears to be heading for a severe power crisis this scorching summer.
Power cuts have extended across Tamil Nadu with western and southern districts facing anywhere from 10-12 hours of power cuts. Some other parts of Tamil Nadu also report power cuts up to 20 hours a day.
While Coimbatore and Tirupur are reportedly having power cuts for about 12 hours a day,Nilgiri district has been spared, it being a tourist destination. Coimbatore may also have more unscheduled power cuts in the coming days, reports say.
Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (TANGEDO) officials say that the situation could improve in the district in another one week. Sources also say that industrial and school feeders have been identified by TANGEDCO officials to ensure uninterrupted power supply for four hours for students facing Class X examinations and industries in the district.
A source from TANGEDCO said that power requirements have been on the rise with the onset of summer and added that they are short of 500 MW against the actual demand of 1500 MW to 1700 MW for Coimbatore,Tirupur and Nilgiris districts.
Though Chennai is having 2 hours of power cut every day, people from different parts also report unscheduled power cuts at different times.
Power situation in Trichy district has worsened past ten days with hourly power cuts,which is associated with the rise in usage of air-conditioners and refrigerators according to electricity board officials. The next two months may face power cuts up to 15 hours a day in the district.
P Annadurai, chief engineer, Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (Trichy region) has told TOI that people may have to put up with power outages until December and that wind power generation may bring some relief in the first week of May.
Madurai, facing up to 10-12 hour power cuts a day and some unscheduled power cuts for the past few weeks, is unable to cope up with the daily life even with the installation of inverters that is proving to be useless with not adequate power to charge them.