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The decision will help 65,332 consumers, says Jayalalithaa The decision will benefit 65,332 consumers, says Jayalalithaa

One rupee to be charged per unit for first 1,000 units, Rs.2.25 for 1001-1500 units, Rs.2.50 for over 1,501 unitsThe Government will compensate Rs.30.73-crore loss to Electricity Board One rupee to be charged per unit for first 1,000 units, Rs.2.25 for 1001-1500 units, Rs.2.50 for over 1,501 unitsThe Government will compensate Rs.30.73-crore loss to Electricity Board

CHENNAI: Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Thursday announced that electricity tariff for power looms had been "drastically reduced" so as to benefit 65,332 consumers.

The Government would compensate the Rs.30.73 crore loss the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) would incur. As per the revised rates calculated once in two months, power consumed would be charged at the rate of Re. 1 per unit for the first 1,000 units; Rs.2.25 a unit for 1001-1500 units and Rs. 2.50 for over 1,501 units.

The new rates would be applicable to all power loom weavers, she said in a statement here.

Ms. Jayalalithaa recalled that the Government had ensured that the tariff for the power looms was not increased in 2003, when the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission fixed the rates for different sectors.

As per the tariff fixed in 2000, the first 500 units were being charged at the rate of Rs.1.40 per unit, between 501 to 1,500 units at Rs. 2.25 a unit and above 1,500 units, at Rs.2.50 per unit.

The Government had scaled down the tariff though the per unit cost of power distributed by the TNEB was Rs.3.43, she said.

The Chief Minister hoped that the tariff cut would enable the power loom industry to effectively meet the challenges nationally and globally to ensure the welfare of the weavers.

Ms. Jayalalithaa said water would be released from the Sattanur dam for 96 days from Thursday to irrigate 5,000 acres in the old ayacut of the Tirukkoilur dam. Water would be released through the left and right canals of the Sattanur dam for irrigating 45,000 acres in the ayacut. The decision followed a plea from farmers to release water for irrigation, as the dam had the full storage of 7.321 tmcft.

She said water would be released from the Mettur dam through 17 canals in Tiruchi and Salem districts, from Thursday to June 12, to benefit cash crop raised on two lakh acres and meet the drinking water needs of the districts along the banks of the Cauvery.

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