R. Sairam

MADURAI: In a move that may bring to an end unannounced power cuts, the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) has sent a proposal to the government to streamline hours of load-shedding in Madurai region.

The proposal, which was sent to the Board last week, is likely to be approved in a week’s time, a top official here told The Hindu on Tuesday. The proposal entails fixing specific hours during which load-shedding would take place.

While the proposal would not result in power cuts going away altogether, the public could take heart that power would not be disrupted after these fixed hours, said the official. As the Board was drawing flak from the public and industrialists alike, it felt that this proposal could address their concerns, the official said.

Power generation in Madurai region remained volatile as the monsoon rains were not bountiful as expected. Normally, by June-July, the reservoirs in the region should be overflowing, which had not been the case this time around.

Of the 15 locations in Tamil Nadu from which hydro-power was supplied to Madurai region of TNEB, three or four had completely shut down owing to poor water level. In the rest, power generation was low, the official said.

Wind power generation continued to fluctuate. While 1,800 MW of wind power was expected, only 200 MW materialised on Tuesday. These factors were resulting in drastic drop in power generation forcing the TNEB to resort to load-shedding.

While this region — comprising Madurai, Dindigul, Sivaganga, Theni and Ramanathapuram districts — required 950 MW daily, it was facing a shortfall of 250 MW, the official said.

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