The State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has criticised the State government and the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board for not taking effective steps to improve the power supply position.

In a statement here on Monday, BJP State president Pon. Radhakrishnan said as against the demand of 11,000 MW, production was only 8,000 MW, which meant a shortage of 30 per cent. Instead of improving the power position, power cuts had been effected throughout the State.

Technical problems

Farming operations and industries were being subjected to 40 per cent power cut and domestic consumers, 20 per cent.

There was 1,700 MW of shortage owing to technical problems in power plants at Neyveli, Mettur and north Chennai.

The TNEB Chairman had said that these faults would be rectified soon, but had not spelt out steps to improve the power position.

“Lavish expenditure”

The State government, instead of indulging in “lavish expenditure” in organising functions, should concentrate on issues such as power supply and prices of essential commodities concerning the people.

The Tamil Nadu Vivasaigal Sangam accused the State government of providing “inadequate power supply” for farm operations.

Farmers were not getting four hours of continuous three-phase power supply. Even the limited supply was not continuous; it was being supplied in instalments, making it difficult for farmers to irrigate their land continuously.

Central pool

P. Shanmugham, general secretary of the Sangam, wanted the State government to get its quota of 2,300 MW from the Central pool as the State was now getting only1,400 MW.

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