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150 transformers to be installed in Erode district, says Minister

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Tackling power crisis: Electricity Minister Arcot N. Veerasamy laying the foundation for a sub-station at Vadugapatty near Moolanur on Sunday. —
Tackling power crisis: Electricity Minister Arcot N. Veerasamy laying the foundation for a sub-station at Vadugapatty near Moolanur on Sunday. —

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‘Seven sub-stations to be started before June 2008’

ERODE: “I was told by the Ministers representing Erode district about electricity fluctuations in some places and the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board officials suggested installation of 100 more transformers in Erode to solve the problem. So within a week’s time, 150 transformers would be installed in the district to provide uninterrupted power supply to all areas,” said the Electricity Minister, Arcot N. Veerasamy, on Sunday at Vadugapatty village near Moolanure while laying the foundation for Rs. 10-crore electrical substation.

The Minister said that he had received representations from the officials and elected representatives for starting more substations in the district.

He said before June 2008, seven new substations would be started in the district. The Minister urged the people to conserve electricity. All the villages in Tamil Nadu had been provided with power supply. In some remote tribal settlements, it was quite impossible for the TNEB to grant electricity for want of proper access. In such areas, the local bodies and the district administration had provided streetlights and other facilities using non-conventional energy, mainly solar energy.

Every day 10,098 MW of electricity was being generated in the State and the demand was 8,500 MW. Excess power was being sold to other States at Rs. 5 per unit. He said the Union Government had decided to increase power generation at the national level and hoped that out of the total power generated, Tamil Nadu’s share would be 25 per cent. ‘Merchant Power Project’ had been introduced in the State by granting permission to private firms to generate power and grant the same to the Government. He said through this system 6,000 MW power was being produced and grant to TNEB.

He wanted the Electricity Board officials to render all possible help to the public.

Advice to staff

They need not visit Chennai to meet him for solving their grievances, but can submit petitions to the local minister who will send it him (Mr. Veerasamy) for redressal.

The Handlooms and Textiles Minister, N.K.K.P. Raja, Highways and Ports Minister M.P. Saminathan, Palani MP, S.K. Karvendan and MLAs spoke. The Erode District Collector, T. Udhaychandran, presided over the function.

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