The Union Minister of State for Power, K.C. Venugopal said that Kerala has started receiving 100 MW additional power from Central pool from Saturday evening itself.

Talking to The Hindu, the Minister said that an additional of 100 MW has been announced two weeks ago. However, due to technical faults, Kerala was not able to draw the additional power. The Union Minister of Power, Sushil Kumar Shinde had announced an additional power of 50 MW in Palakkad a few weeks back. (Mr. Venugopal had also announced another 50 MW sometime back.)

Now, the State receives a total of 1,726 MW from Central pool. The unallocated power from Centre include a total of 476 MW, which is the highest among the South Indian states, the Minister said.

The Minister said that the Centre was ready to give more power to the State. But the State will be unable to draw this due to the unavailability of power corridor. The power corridor will be available only after May 31, due to the stay imposed by the courts, he added.