The Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry has expressed concern over the deteriorating power situation despite Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation's (TANGEDCO) assurance to streamline power supply after implementing the new system of load shedding.

In a statement issued here, Chamber senior president S. Rethinavelu said that the power position has now gone from bad to worse with nearly ten hours of power cuts every day despite a two-day weekly power holidays for high tension industrial units, two hour power shutdowns in Chennai and four hours for the rest of the State.

He said that the unprecedented three hours of staggered power cuts during the night hours was resulting in lack of sleep for people, with patients suffering the most. Fans could not be switched on to prevent mosquito menace and students were unable to concentrate on their studies.

Fear

With no street lights, women were afraid to come out due to the fear of chain snatching by anti social elements.

He urged the State Government to announce the steps taken to provide relief to the harassed general people and beleaguered industrial sector.

He termed as “inexplicable” the State Government's reluctance to purchase surplus power available from heavy industries having captive power plants.

Besides calling upon the Government to press for expeditious commissioning of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project, Mr. Rethinavelu said that it was obligatory for the authorities to ensure uninterrupted power supply at least between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

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