Successive state governments and Tamil Nadu Distribution and Generation Corporation (TANGEDCO) officials are responsible for the power crisis in the state as they had failed to foresee the needs well ahead due to lack of proper assessments, according to Hindu Munnani leader Ramagopalan.

“The state government is depending heavily on conventional energy. Unless the authorities concerned optimally tap the enormous potential offered by non-conventional sources of energy, the power deficiency cannot be rectified,” he told reporters here on Monday.

He wanted the state government to take a leaf out of the example set by states like Gujarat.

“However, it is learnt that many entrepreneurs involved in wind power generation in Tamil Nadu are moving their base to other states as the dues owed to wind mill owners by state government in toto had been around Rs 2,000 crore,” he said.

Mr. Ramagopalan appealed to the Central and State governments to take steps to expeditiously commission the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP). The Hindu Munnani would be supporting the dawn-to-dusk shutdown agitation called by Tirupur Industrial Protection Committee in Tirupur knitwear cluster on February 22 to protest the power crisis and demanding commissioning of KNPP project.