Agreements signed for buying 3,300 MW on long term basis, which would be available to the State gradually from August, says Chief Minister Jayalalithaa

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday announced that 20 per cent power cut on high-tension industrial units and commercial establishments would be lifted with effect from June 1.

In a statement, the Chief Minister, who earlier reviewed the power supply position with senior Ministers and officials at the Secretariat, said peak hour restrictions (90 per cent restrictions on supply during 6 p.m.-10 p.m.) on both categories of electricity consumers would also be removed.

By taking these steps, all restriction and control (R&C) measures, which were originally imposed by the previous Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam regime since November 2008, would be totally withdrawn, the Chief Minister said.

Pointing out that the decisions had been taken considering the availability of wind power from next month, she said while 500 MW of power was being purchased on medium term basis, agreements were signed for buying 3,300 MW on long term basis, which would be available to the State gradually, starting from August. In addition, the capacity addition of 2,500 MW was made in the last three years. Ms. Jayalalithaa added that for the last five days, there was no load shedding in the State.

PTI adds:

The Tamil Nadu government announced doing away with load shedding for domestic and industrial customers from June 1 after the power situation in the State started to look up. New power projects had started generating power, providing the state with sufficient electricity. The Chief Minister had asked officials to make maximum utilisation of wind power.

Considering this, she had asked power managers to completely withdraw the existing load shedding designs, including the two-three hour cut for domestic consumers.

Accordingly, 90 per cent cut in power for high pressure industrial and commercial consumers between 6-10 PM will be completely done away with from June 1, and so will be the case with the 20 per cent load-shedding for the same category in other times.

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