Centre worsening power crisis: TN minister

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 30, 2012 03:23 hrs

The state government expects to overcome the power shortage from December, and would have around 500 Mw of excess power

The lack of interest from the Centre in linking northern and southern grid and allowing more transmission lines to carry power to the southern states is increasing the power crisis in the south including Tamil Nadu, alleged Natham R Viswanathan, state electricity minister.

Delivering his inaugural address in Energy - 2012: Vision 2023, a seminar organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, he alleged the state could not get the power, which it has to get through agreement with Gujarat, due to the constraints in transmission lines.

“In the current situation, even if a state is power surplus, there is no transmission line available to transmit it to another state. There is only one transmission line for the four states and work on another line is in the progress now,” he said.

“It should have been done almost 20 years ago,” he added.

The state government expects to overcome the power shortage from December and would have around 500 Mw of excess power. The first unit of 600 Mw Mettur power project is expected to go full fledged, while the 3X500 Mw Vallur project would bring in 1,080 Mw for Tamil Nadu. The 2X600 Mw North Chennai project is also expected to commence soon and by June the state would have around 2,850 Mw of additional power.

Apart from these thermal power projects, if the state gets 1,000 Mw from the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, it would have around 3,800 Mw, which would help it to get rid of the power shortage, said the minister. While the state has a capacity to produce 10,349 Mw, only around 8,000 Mw is manufactured at present due to the lower performance of some of the hydro electric projects.

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