Power crisis: TN govt moves SC

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 29, 2012 18:36 hrs

In an attempt to find solution to the acute power shortage in Tamil Nadu, the state government on Monday filed a petition in the Supreme Court and accused the Centre of not providing sufficient power from the Central grid.

The state government in its peititon demanded that Delhi should surrender 1070 MW of power to the central grid besides allocating that to it.

The south Indian state is currently suffering a power deficit of around 4,000 MW, media reports said.

Several districts in the state are suffering from long hours of power cut every day.

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has said that she wrote to the Prime Minister for his help on the matter but received no response from Manmohan Singh.

Pertinently, Tamil Nadu moved the Supreme Court on a day when at least 2000 protesters were stopped and several of them were arrested on Monday when they tried to lay siege outside the Tamil Nadu Assembly to protest against the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in the state.

The protesters demanded the closure of India´s largest nuclear power project at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu.

On Sept 22, about 60 km away from ground zero at Tuticorin, fishermen and villagers had first laid a siege to the port to demand halt in fuel loading in the plant.

The protest against India´s largest nuclear power project at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu reached a flash point in recent months as the police and protesters clashed near the plant since Sept 10 while one person died in police firing in a neighbouring district.

The villagers and fishermen led by People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) are protesting the plant fearing that it might cause a nuclear catastrophe like Japan´s Fukushima after an earthquake.

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