Steps should be taken for the State to receive its share of 1,643 megawatt from power projects being implemented by the Central agencies during December 2010-May 2011.

Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Monday gave this direction to government officials while reviewing the power position in the State, according to an official release.

The power projects were being executed in Koodankulam, Kalpakkam, Neyveli (all three in Tamil Nadu), Simhadri (Andhra Pradesh) and Kaiga (Karnataka).

As for the projects of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB), the Chief Minister was briefed about their status. One unit of 600 MW of the North Chennai Thermal Power Station expansion project would be commissioned by May 2011 and another unit of 600 MW by November 2011. In Mettur, one unit of 600 MW would be ready by July 2011.

The first unit (500 MW) of the Vallur Thermal Power project, being implemented by the TNEB and NTPC, would be commissioned by October 2011; the second unit by December 2011 and the third by November 2012.

Two units of 500 MW each of the Tuticorin project, being executed by the TNEB and Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC), would be ready between March and August 2012.

Udangudi project

The Udangudi power project of 1600 MW would become operational in three years. The bagasse-based co-generation projects would be completed by July 2011. The Chief Minister asked the officials to complete the projects expeditiously. Among those present were Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin and Chief Secretary K.S. Sripathy.