Investors ignoring State due to extended blackout: Nainar Nagendran
TIRUNELVELI: Extensive load shedding that annoys all sections of the society after the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam came to power in the State has heralded the end of DMK’s rule in Tamil Nadu, said former Minister and Jayalalithaa Peravai State secretary, N. Thalavai Sundaram.
Addressing a demonstration held here on Tuesday in protest against the power cut, Mr. Thalavai Sundaram said that the State, which produced 10,300 MW electricity between 1991–1996 and generated 2,130 MW surplus power between 2001 and 2006 when AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa was the Chief Minister, was reeling under acute power cut under the “leadership of M. Karunanidhi”.
When the AIADMK raised the issue in the Assembly, Electricity Minister Arcot N. Veerasamy denied it, but was forced to admit after Tamil Nadu plunged into darkness.
“This is mainly due to the mismanagement and poor maintenance of the existing power stations and miserable failure to anticipate future requirements,” he alleged.
The former Minister said the surveys being conducted Loyola College, Chennai, and the media had categorically showed that the people of Tamil Nadu were undergoing untold hardship and miseries due to power cuts, inflation, deteriorating law and order situation etc.
Former Industries Minister Nainar Nagendran, who came down heavily on the State Government, said Tamil Nadu, which was the most sought after destination for investments when Ms. Jayalalithaa was in power, was being ignored by the investors owing to extended blackout.
“As long as the government led by Mr. Karunanidhi is unable to provide uninterrupted and quality power to the industries, investors will not come forward to establish their units here, leaving thousands of unemployed youths in the lurch.
The power cut has tarnished the image of the State,” he charged.
Former MPs, MLAs and party office-bearers participated in the agitation.