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Updated: October 17, 2012 17:21 IST

TN CM appoints panel to review power situation

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With no power, a worker at a silver anklet manufacturing unit remains idle with half finished works in Salem. Photo:E. Lakshmi Narayanan
The Hindu With no power, a worker at a silver anklet manufacturing unit remains idle with half finished works in Salem. Photo:E. Lakshmi Narayanan

In the wake of worsening power situation in the state, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday appointed a panel headed by Electricity Minister Natham R Viswanathan to submit weekly report to her on the power situation.

A detailed review meeting chaired by the Chief Minister also discussed ways to bridge the shortage and expedite the ongoing power generation efforts, an official release here said.

The ten-member panel will have Municipal Administration Minister KP Munusamy, Chief Secretary Debendranath Sarangi and TNEB Chairman K Gnanadesikan among others as members.

“The said panel will meet every Monday to review the power situation in the state and submit report to the Chief Minister,” it added.

The Jayalalithaa-led government had been facing flak on the power front in the wake of the widening demand-supply gap ranging up to around 4000 mw.

Besides the scheduled load-shedding in Chennai and elsewhere, reports claim of power cuts running into hours, drawing criticism from people and political parties alike.

This power cut could probably a tool that government is employing to suppress koodankulam issue.Without addressing the issue putting all the people in distress is not a good governance,this might escalate into uncontrollable public uprising against the government.

from:  anand arumugam
Posted on: Oct 18, 2012 at 21:11 IST

I am working for a Japanese company and our factory in Oragadam is using generator power. Some of the commenters here mentioned about foreign /local factories usurping common man's power. It is far from truth. All of SEZ, ITES companies use generators. I suppose that Hindu should check before reporting or blaming others instead of the poor administration/governance.

from:  sonai
Posted on: Oct 18, 2012 at 07:21 IST

Can't TN Government buy electricity from Private players or from states like Gujarat.
But there again Karunanithi and his team of dummy Congress / DMK Central ministers will play politics by not allowing the centre power grid to give the necessary allocations. Can't Karunanithi threaten the central government to help the TN Government in the interest of the people- No.. he will not do it. He will be interested only if there is a benefit to him.

from:  ashok
Posted on: Oct 18, 2012 at 06:19 IST

The CM should organize on a war footing the solar power initiative suggested by Rajesh.
This would serve the people and the state well even when power becomes available from
conventional sources in a monsoon surplus year. The solar power program should be made
an ongoing program into the future years so that it can make a real impact. China has
surplus production of solar panels on its hands and imports should be facilitated by the FM at
the center if he sets aside his politics and not let the people who elected him suffer.

from:  Ramakrishnan
Posted on: Oct 18, 2012 at 05:24 IST

How will it help. Is this for her to have data to defend allegations
from DMDK and DMK?

from:  Thiyagarajan
Posted on: Oct 18, 2012 at 00:47 IST

Let us not blame anyone. If the situation is out of control and cannot be tackled in the near future, accept the failure and handover the admministration to some other capable set of hands. Forming a team to study and suggest is just an eye wash and waste of money and time.

[By encouraging young scientists we can generate power from sun light and never tiring sea waves!]

from:  Gnanam
Posted on: Oct 18, 2012 at 00:12 IST

While campaigning during Pudukkottai by-election on June 8-9 this year
Jayalalitha said she herself monitoring the power situation in Tamilnadu
and the power cut problem would be solved soon. Now what is the fun of
appointing a panel in this regard? When the CM herself has been
monitoring the power situation the matter has worsened very badly and
now the panel may make the crisis worst for ever. The people of
Tamilnadu have started to realize to blame themselves how they have
erred to vote her to power.

from:  S Viswanathan
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012 at 23:34 IST

The current power crisis situation in Tamil Nadu has at least one
advantage, which is that even a common man can understand that
electricity is not out of ones pocket. No one can magically bring such
huge electricity deficiency by change of regime, but only through long
sighted planning and augmentation of capacity to cater for projected
demand growth.
Electricity generation and distribution is too serious to be left to politicians and to their crony officials.An independent panel of
experts must take charge of it.

from:  Kishore Rajagopal
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012 at 22:49 IST

When the governments and the powers that be' keep saying that this situation was not
anticipated then there is something seriously rotten with the forward planning by the state or
for that matter the whole country. Successive governments have never had a vision nor
followed a sustainable long term strategy for service provision whether it be energy or in
other sectors. They are more interested in populistic measures to get votes from the public.
The common man also has no interest as long as his own day to day life is sorted.
I cannot see any answers to Tamil Nadu's or India's energy demands in the nearby future
unless all political parties stop playing petty politics and got together to form a feasible long
term plan to satisfy the needs of a developing economy. Otherwise we will still be having this
same conversation in 10 or even 20 years time!

from:  k sivarajan
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012 at 22:41 IST

TNEB has clearly failed in resolving this power crisis. I don't understand how CM has confidence in this department that's riddled with graft and redtape. Private players should be allowed in this field, the same way as BSNL is made to compete in the telecom sector. Let TNEB compete with private players, if it wants to survive. CM seems to have more confidence in TNEB, than TNEB employees themselves.

from:  Senthil
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012 at 20:58 IST

If all we do is to hand out free rice, grinders, televisions, where do you think the money is going to come from to build power plants ?

from:  Raj
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012 at 20:56 IST

I wonder why the administrators of TN could not foresee such a crisis
earlier. Is it really the power deficit that is making things worse,
or is that something else, for over 2 years now the problem is there,
and it is now worsening, from 2 hours power cut to 12-16 hour power
cuts. In Chennai impose 5 hours cut madame, there is also a general
perception that Koodamkulam when commissioned will end all the
problem. Why wait for that TN invest in other ventures and when
koodamkulam comes let it come, till the time encourage citizens to
purchase and go for other technologies, give subsidy to those willing
to built their own power.Decrease the duties on the solar panels and
other things. As a healing touch install all the govt buildings with
solar power and set an example. At least let people sleep properly
dear politicians of TN. Get hold of all the dues which are pending to
TNEB, and that will enable a good equity for the EB to improve its
health. Cut all the illegal connections.

from:  p rajarathanam
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012 at 20:53 IST

Chennai gets only an hour or two at the most of load shedding. If you live in the
second city of Coimbatore, it varies between 12 to 14 hours. This also happens to
be the scenario in the rest of the state. This is not only an existential
inconvenience, but the manufacturing industry is also severely affected. This
entails loss of production, thus industrial output, loss of income and pay cheques.
This downward spiral results in even possible default of bank loans, both
commercial and individual. The current CM is sleeping in a state of bliss in her Poes Garden residence where there is no power cut. How else can one explain the current predicament of rest of Tamilnadu, which suffers, while Chennai thrives.

from:  G Parameswaran
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012 at 20:33 IST

Every problem has alternatives .Whenpromises were made its upto the Govt
to look out for solutions & implement instead of DIVERTING. People are
frustated.We should look at the problem prgamaticaly & all parties
hsould cometogehter & arrive at a solution on longer term

from:  V RAVI
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012 at 19:08 IST

Load shedding must be implemented in Chennai too. In what way is the
rest of the state inferior? When the government cannot show equality in
sharing electricity within the state what moral rights has the TN govt
got to demand equal sharing of Cauvery water between states?

from:  sharon
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012 at 18:50 IST

No electricity. No water ( cant operate the pumps). No jobs ( laid off
due to powercuts) . No sleep ( especially at night). Malaria Dengue
fear. No respect for Tamils ( Loss in Lanka. Lost to Karnataka Water
War. Lost to Kerala Water War . Tamilnadu supported Prez canditate lost
badly ) Is anything left?

from:  Mort
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012 at 18:23 IST

Though belated, it is a positive move made by the state government. By this time, the basic reasons for the acute shortage in power supply is well known even to laymen. The government is certainly in a better position to know the causes and remedies. What is needed is concrete action to give some sort of relief to the suffering people of the state. Should an industrial city like Coimbatore with a very large number of educational institutions- arts, science agri and professional- be continuously subjected to endure the ill effects of 12-hour-long power-cuts indefinitely? With efforts in the right direction, distribution can be made more even in all parts of the state.

from:  K.D.Viswanaathan
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012 at 18:22 IST

We keep blaming the previous regime for the present state of affairs. There is no requirement to start power plants within the state to meet the power requirement. What it needs is prudent power purchase agreement. The present regime has miserably failed in this front. It may also be noted that the previous regime did augment the power supply position by efficient management. UTs like Pondicherry do not have power plants but obtain power supply based on power purchase agreement. This is possible when the Ministers are given an independent hand (the less said about the efficience the better); likewise the chief of TNEB should also be given a guarantee that his tenure would be long lasting & not changed at the whims & fancies of the political powers that be. At this rate, it would not be surprising that the previous regime would continue to take the blame for the next four years & the gullible public would continue to sing the same tune of the present government.

from:  Stephen Arulraj
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012 at 17:59 IST

Like a layman, AIADMK created hype of solving electricity deficiency before coming to power. AIADMK supremo directly gave statements and challenges to the then DMK govt. Now it is the same Jayalalitha who is putting the problem on the shoulders of a group and ministers and bureaucrats, now merely supervising it, because she is CM now and can't supervise everything directly.
At one juncture after coming to power, she said electricity deficiency
would be reduced to a very minimal level in the month of September/October, but now the thing is other way around. Jayalalitha must realize the issues and possible solutions for the legitimate benefit of masses and not for mere electoral victories.
As Former Chief justice of India Markandeya Katju frequently says, we are in a transition period, so no one could have predicted the magnitude of electricity we need today one decade ago. If one decides to blame, then blame goes to all whoever ruled TN for last several decades.

from:  Matheen L R
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012 at 17:26 IST

Over the weekend when I visited Madurai, I was shocked and frustrated to note a 15-16 hour power cut. Life comes to a standstill and the the real bad part is business is hit. I was discussing with my acquaintances that the only piece of information we are aware is that a deficit of 3000- 3500 MW of shortage and was wondering the action taken by the government. This is a welcome move by the government. It would be great if the weekly reports are published so that people can be aware of the exact situation. Was googling any document for the prevailing power situation in TN, and the only document is the policy note in the budget session which does not have any information. Electorate knows that state is in dire problem and it deserves knowledge of the actions taken by the government.

from:  Giri
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012 at 17:14 IST

I am a 10th Grade student. I have to study at least 6 hours a day to get A+ in all my subjects. I get time only in the night for my study. But there is no power. What should I do? If my grades go down, it will be difficult for me to get admission in the top school for my +2. This is the worst situation I have ever seen. All my classmates are suffering like me. No power in the the next day we feel sleepy in the class while the teacher is taking class. Is this our fault? I and my class mates on behalf of all the students in tamil nadu kindly and humbly request Chief Minister and other government officials to restore power system to the normal condition at the nearlist. Please listen to us with humanitarian HEART.9

from:  Nivathaa
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012 at 17:02 IST

Jaya doesn't have readymade power plants. It takes 2-3 years to have one. DMK had not acted in this regard. There was no future plan by DMK. Jaya will take time.

from:  Raja
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012 at 16:53 IST

The power crisis can be converted as an Opportunity to drive ourselves to environment friendly power production. Tamil nadu is blessed or unblessed with abundant Solar heat. The governement can work on zero exicse, zero tax, zero customs, zero import duty for Solar panels, Solar water heaters. Although Solar is not sufficient for industries, its sufficient for residences, offices, street lights, temples, mosques, churches. When UPS and generator companies are having a brisk business, why can't they purchase Solar panels? I see the above picture of a goldsmith/silversmith being idle. Can't he share the investment of a solar panel with his neighbour, share the consumption in shifts? If people can share cable TV, govt initiatives in this model can be a lasting solution?

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012 at 16:42 IST

Load-shedding should be implemented in Chennai too. Govt. can understand the situation only when they experience. Exisiting or previous govts allow many factories, SEZ, tidal parks without considering power demand. At the end common men have to suffer.

from:  manaa
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012 at 16:40 IST

I could not understand why the Chennai is treated different from other parts of the state. If the Tamil Nadu government refuse to treat all parts of the state equally with regard to the electricity distribution, then what moral right it has to ask for equal sharing of Cauvery water between states?

from:  Abdulkadar
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012 at 16:25 IST

This is not a time to study the issue or review the problem. The situation is gone worsen and beyond the level. Now as a CM she should take action to resolve, rectify and regulate the issue properly. But now only she starts to make a panel to study the problem my godness there is a proverb in tamil "kan ketta pinbu sooriya vanakkam"

from:  Abdul Hameed
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012 at 15:51 IST

Use the karakulam Nuclear power for the state. that should help bridge the gap between the demand and supply.

from:  Ramnath. P. Pai
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012 at 15:49 IST

The previous minority DMK government in the state attracted 25,000 crores of Foreign Direct Investment. Power consumption by the SEZs and industries with all the benefits of tax exemption to the government was maximum when compared to the miniscule amount of consumption by the people of the state. Unfortunately it is the people who ended up suffering in this game of nexus between politics and business.

from:  Sanjay
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012 at 15:38 IST

It is not enough if we remain blaming the state govt. The previous
regime should have implemented many other power projects which were on
the line!.With many mishaps in the power plants and failing
monsoon,Kudankulam crisis one cannot expect the state to perform
magic.Is the centre ready to help only Congress-ruled states?,Taking
into consideration also the pitiable state of TNEB(as left by the
previous regime!) it is a rather uphill task to catch up with the power
supply-demand lag.The CM although has the onus now to deliver the
amenity to the people she alone can't be blamed!.Let us see her ability
to tackle the Step-motherly centre,Unlucky power plants and anti-nuke
agitators(or foreign agents?)...So far her regime has not risen nor

from:  Akshay Bhatt
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012 at 15:19 IST

The situation seem to be unchanged since we were living in Chennai 10 years ago (2000 - 2002)- establishing a new factory.
In Denmark we are changing to Wind-Power and Solar Energy. A very high number of private citicens are installing Solar Power Cells non their roofs - covering all their electrical needs.

from:  Villiam V. Johnsen
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012 at 15:11 IST
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