Chief minister J Jayalalithaa has again urged the Centre to provide additional electricity to address the power crisis in the state.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, she made a fresh appeal to relocate the entire quantum of surrendered power by the Delhi government to Tamil Nadu.
Jayalalithaa said the Delhi government had proposed to surrender power from various central generating stations for the period between November 1, 2012, and March 31, 2013. The quantum is estimated at 230 Mw for 24 hours and 1,491 Mw for six hours ending 6 am.
The state is facing a demand-supply gap of about 4,000 Mw, the highest in the southern region. Widespread load shedding is being resorted to causing severe hardship to the consumers. The agriculture sector has also been amongst the worst hit due to the failure of the monsoon and inadequate power supply, thereby affecting food production, the letter stated.
“I have already pointed out that the deficit situation in Tamil Nadu has been aggravated due to corridor congestion and have repeatedly requested your urgent intervention to ensure that the required quantum of 1,000 Mw of power transmission capacity is made available to enable TN to receive the power contracted by the Tangedco,” she stated.