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The State will become self-reliant in power production in 2013

RELIEF SOON:Minister for Power R. Viswanathan, distributing welfare aid to a beneficiary in Dindigul on Saturday.— Photo: G. Karthikeyan
RELIEF SOON:Minister for Power R. Viswanathan, distributing welfare aid to a beneficiary in Dindigul on Saturday.— Photo: G. Karthikeyan

Power crisis in the State is temporary, said Minister for Power, R. Viswanathan and added that it would ease by June.

The State will become self-reliant in power production in 2013 and become power surplus state in 2014 as the government has geared up power production and is set to commission new power projects in the coming months, said Minister for Power R. Viswanathan.

Delivering a valedictory address at the mass media campaign and exhibition held near Rock Fort here on Saturday, he said that the State has been trying to buy power from other States.

But the Central government has to take steps in this connection as the State has limited powers in executing it. Lack of adequate transmission lines connecting national grids were the main handicap in buying and transmitting power from power surplus States in north India. The existing power transmission lines across the country were obsolete and did not match present transmission needs, he said.

Moreover, the AIADMK government in 2001-06 had made the State a power surplus one.

But after 2006, the next government did not take much effort to increase the production to scale down the gap between demand and supply. Sharp increase in demand and without any improvement in production led to acute power crisis.

The present AIADMK government did not blame the previous government for the power deficit but was taking steps on a war footing to restore power supply.

“But we needed some breathing time to streamline supply. In two year period, Tamil Nadu will become a power surplus State”, he promised.

Collector N. Venkatachalam said Pudhu Vaazhu Scheme was introduced in five panchayats for uplift of the poorest of the poor.

People should avail it and improve their standard of living.

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