Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday reiterated her appeal for allocating the entire power to be generated from the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) to the State.

In her letter addressed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Chief Minister said: “I understand that nuclear fuel loading is going to take place in the next few days in the first unit of the plant of 1,000 MW [megawatt] capacity. It is expected that criticality will be reached in the following 20 days or so, leading to power generation from the first unit of the Plant.” She added that “I am sure that you will do the needful by accepting the absolutely justified demand of our State.”

In her previous letter of March 31, which she recalled in her latest communication, the Chief Minister drew Dr. Singh's attention to the allocation of 925 MW to the State from the KKNNP, which would have two units of 1,000 MW each.

Ms. Jayalalithaa had also referred to the severe power shortage being faced by the State and stated that it would be proper and justifiable that the entire power of the KKNNP was made available to the State. This was also inevitable as the transmission corridor congestion problem continued and had also been brought to his notice, she added.

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