Staff Reporter

KRISHNAGIRI: A mango pulp industry will come up before this year-end in Krishnagiri district as announced by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, Electricity Minister Arcot N. Veeraswami announced here on Sunday.

He inaugurated the 33/11 new sub station at Chinnakothur, Veppanahalli. The Minister announced that 16 Mva transmitters would be installed at Pochampalli and Sulagiri and they would function from February 1.

The demand of T. Senguttuvan, MLA, for 230/33 KV substation at Krishnagiri and a separate Superintending Engineer Office in Krishnagiri would be considered after consulting TNEB Chairman, Mr. Veeraswami said.

Keeping in mind the increasing demand for electricity, the government has taken various steps to generate more power. In the next two years, 8,000 MW would be generated through Valur near Tiruvallur, Ennore, Mettur, Basin Bridge, Udangudi, Tuticorin and Janyankondam projects.

The Kudankulam Atomic Energy unit would start producing 1000 MW from June and another 1000 MW in December. Out of this 925 units would be utilised in Tamil Nadu. It would be self sufficient by 2011 and the State would be in position to sell 3000 MW per year to the neighbouring States. In addition, a Central government-sponsored 4,000 MW power project would be coming up in Cheyyar as requested by the Tamil Nadu government, the Minister said.

Welfare measures

He said many people had petitioned to him that they were being denied old age pension, marriage assistance and maternity assistance citing the reason that they are working in Bangalore. He asked the Collector to consider their request. V.K. Shanmugam, Collector, presided over the meeting. S. Nagarajan, Chief Engineer, TNEB, Vellore, spoke. N. P. Nesamany, Member-Distribution, TNEB, explained the details of the substation.