Centre discriminating TN in allocation of power: TN Govt

Last Updated: Tue, May 14, 2013 19:14 hrs

Facing a severe power shortage, Tamil Nadu Government on Tuesday accused the UPA Government of discriminating the state in allocation of power from central plants.

While the Centre had not responded to the request of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to allocate the entire 1000 MW to be produced by Kudankulam Nuclear Power plant, it had accepted a similar plea by Congress-ruled Andhra Pradesh, Electricity Minister Natham R Viswanathan said in the assembly.

He said the entire power produced from a plant in Simhadri in Andhra Pradesh had been given to that state itself.

"The Centre is giving butter for one eye and limestone for another. It has not accepted Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's repeated requests to allocate the entire power from Kudankulam," he said during the discussion on grants for his department.

Taking a dig at the Minister of State for PMO V Narayanasamy, Viswanathan said, "He used to say every 15 days that Kudankulam will get commissioned in the next 15 days, which has not happened even after so many 15 days. At least when they commission the plant, they should allot the entire power to us."

On the power cuts stretching to more than ten hours in several parts of the state, he said load shedding was coming down considerably.

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