Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to reallocate electricity surrendered by the Delhi government to the state and provide power to Tamil Nadu.
In a letter to Singh dated Oct 23, the text of which was released to the media here Wednesday, Jayalalithaa said: "The Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi has proposed to surrender power from various Central Generating Stations for the period from 1.11.2012 to 31.3.2013 for a quantum of 230 MW round-the-clock (00.00 to 24.00 hrs) and 1491 MW during 00.00 to 6.00 hrs."
She added: "The chairman-cum-managing director of TANGEDCO (Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd) has requested the ministry of power... to reallocate the entire quantum of surrendered power to Tamil Nadu and to arrange to provide the necessary corridor on priority basis for availing of the above power."
Drawing Singh's attention to her earlier letters requesting additional allocation of 1,000 MW to Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa said: "A meagre quantum of 100 MW alone was allocated to Tamil Nadu. Even out of this quantum, only about 78 MW is being made available to the state."
She said the state is suffering from severe shortage of power owing to the failure of the monsoon and the constraints in buying power from sources outside the southern region due to congestion at the power transmission corridor.
"Due to the demand-supply gap of about 4000 MW, which is the highest in the southern region, widespread load shedding is causing severe hardship to consumers. The agriculture sector has also been hit due to the failure of the monsoon and inadequate power supply, thereby affecting food production," Jayalalithaa said.
Tamil Nadu has been reeling under severe power shortage with several parts of the state going without power for nearly 15 hours a day.