The first power plant unit of Tuticorin Thermal Power Station (TTPS) resumed its operation on Tuesday after getting the required quantum of water for electricity production.

According to sources, full-scale production has resumed from all the five units of TTPS. One of the five units suffered a failure owing to water scarcity. The 210-MW unit stopped functioning on Monday.

Though top priority was given to ensure release of water for drinking purpose under National Water Policy, electricity production was equally important. Hence, 3.5 MGD (million gallon per day), the allocated amount of water to TTPS as per a Government Order, had been provided despite limited resources of water, said Su. Gangadharan, Assistant Executive Engineer, Public Works Department, Tamirabarani Basin.

In the past 10 days, water availability was not sufficient to suit the requirements of TTPS. As indicated in the National Water Policy, allocation of water to industries is rated fifth. The TTPS sought 8,000 litres of water a day and a request had been forwarded to the authorities concerned to ensure supply of the required quantity of water, sources added.

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