TAMIL NADU

No power shortage from next year, says Stalin

10 more power projects will be set up in State

Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin said that there would not be any power shortage from 2011-2012 since more power plants were being set up in the State.

He was speaking to reporters after inspecting the NLC Tamil Nadu Power Limited, a 2 x 500 MW joint venture company of Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited, being set up at a cost of Rs. 4909.54 crore here. Mr. Stalin said that 10 more power projects would be set up in various parts of the State for which the government had allocated a sum of Rs. 32,500 crore. As per the memorandum of understanding between NLC and TNEB, 43.2 per cent of power generated in the plant was earmarked for the TNEB. Mr. Stalin assured that efforts were being made to increase the allocation to 75 per cent.

During March 2012, the first unit of the project would be made operational and the second unit would follow in August 2012. The State government had also sought 900 MW of power from the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant. In the current scenario, 11,000 MW of power was required to meet the needs of Tamil Nadu. Through conventional energy sources such as windmill and energy supply from the private sector, the government was able to meet the shortfall, he added. Tuticorin Port Trust had provided 127 hectares for establishing this project.

P. Geetha Jeevan, Minister for Social Welfare, C.P. Singh, Chairman, TNEB, S.R. Jayadurai, MP, Anitha R. Radhakrishnan, MLA (Tiruchendur), and Collector G. Prakash were present.

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