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Updated: April 22, 2011 02:54 IST

One hour of load shedding for Chennai

T. Ramakrishnan
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With the power crisis looming large, many number of innovations open up for the marketeers. A salesman shows the power of emergency lamps. File Photo: K. Gopinathan.
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With the power crisis looming large, many number of innovations open up for the marketeers. A salesman shows the power of emergency lamps. File Photo: K. Gopinathan.

Chennai will have one hour of load shedding from Friday, while the duration of load shedding in other parts of the State will go up from two hours to three hours.

Announcing its decision, the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO), a subsidiary of the TNEB Limited, said that even though it had purchasing power to the tune of Rs. 50 crore a day, it was not in a position to tide over the shortage. “As a last resort, it has been decided to increase the present duration of load shedding from two hours to three hours for domestic consumers [in parts of the State other than Chennai]. In Chennai, where there was no load shedding till now, the decision is to enforce load shedding for one hour during day,” the TANGEDCO said.

The release added that the situation would improve in a few weeks once more power through windmills was available.

A senior Corporation official says that the relief that the authorities hope to gain through the revised system of load shedding is 1,400 megawatt, including 200 MW in Chennai. At present, the shortage is around 3,500 MW. The authorities are buying 2,000 MW on a temporary basis every day.

HT power

The move to change the scheme of load shedding follows the authorities' decision a few weeks ago to increase the quantum of power cut for industrial units and commercial establishments, drawing high tension (HT) power, from 20 per cent to 30 per cent.

The scheme of power cut for HT consumers has been in force since November 2008. Till May 2009, the quantum was 40 per cent. It was 30 per cent for about two weeks and later 20 per cent since June 2009. In March 2010, the quantum was hiked to 30 per cent and two months later, brought down to 20 per cent.

Besides, the peak-hour restrictions during evening (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) are in force for HT industrial establishments. Between November 2008 and August 2010, industrial consumers were allowed to draw only five per cent of their sanctioned quota. Since August 2010, the quantum was raised to 10 per cent.

My humble request to comment-makers is that you have to study the power problem fully and then comment. If you happen to tell others from what little you have heard here and there, it would only mislead people and keep them deeply ignorant of the reality. Power supply problem is a real one, and needs solution. Only when you find out the causes for the present plght, you would be able to recommend solutions. One of the main reasons for power problem is successive Governments' lack of proper investment in new power projects to augment power generation capacity.Failure to relate prospective power avilability with projections for increase in demand for power, and to draw and implement appropriate power policy for increasing power supply has cost Tamil Nadu in terms of loss of industrial and agricultural output and thereby loss of welfare to the people.

from:  S.J.S.Swamidoss
Posted on: Oct 5, 2011 at 13:19 IST

Due to the poor planning of DMK govt. this electricity crisis is still there in our state, the minister resposible for is either not known to the facts or he is simply ignoring the facts informed to him by officials.

from:  Murukan
Posted on: Apr 24, 2011 at 10:39 IST

It is shame to say that after 60 years of self rule we are not able to provide basic infrastructure to everyone in this country, Power,water,education and roads.Everyone complains about lot of other things,but no one raises this as issue.If there is unannounced power cut no one bothers to find out why? I strongly believe that this is our fault because we take this things as granted with out asking questions.

from:  Martin LK Mariappan
Posted on: Apr 23, 2011 at 06:31 IST

Is load shedding too free by the MK's Government? MK talks at length regarding the poor's plight but forgot to do his constitutional duties to fulfil the necessities and ambitions of the people. All the while he dodged the public with near reel-like stunts and a series of (incomprehensible) letters.

from:  Velumani
Posted on: Apr 22, 2011 at 01:27 IST
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