A total of 86 high tension (HT) industrial units in southern districts will get additional power under Reliability Charge Scheme (RCS) of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) from November to March.

This follows the State government's decision to supply 300 megawatts (MW) during peak hours in the evening (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) to 1,000 HT establishments in the State from Monday (November 1), TNEB officials told The Hindu here on Tuesday.

Under the scheme, HT units ready to pay higher charges will be supplied additional power during peak hours when restriction and control (R and C) measures on power consumption are imposed on them.

The scheme was implemented earlier in the year from January to March. It was revived following request from HT consumers. The TNEB had been buying power from power traders following Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission's (TNERC) concurrence on October 19.

A total of 37 MW would be supplied to the industries in the Madurai region at not more than Rs.7.20 per unit. The Board gauged the demand from HT units beforehand. However, following the commencement of power supply, some more industries had evinced interest in the scheme. Arrangements were being made to supply additional power for them also, an official said.

The Madurai TNEB region — Madurai, Dindigul, Sivaganga, Theni and Ramanathapuram districts — had 566 HT consumers of whom some such as educational institutions and airports had been exempted from R and C measures. A total of 386 HT consumers were eligible to seek additional power in the region.

Residents of DRO Colony in Madurai reported a cut in power supply from midnight of Monday to around 11 a.m. on Tuesday.