TAMIL NADU

Poor quality coal hitting power output: PMK

Staff Reporter

TUTICORIN: Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder S. Ramadoss has called for the formation of a three-member enquiry commission to probe the reasons for power shortage in the State.

Addressing a press conference at Kovilpatti near here on Saturday, Dr. Ramadoss attributed the shortfall in power generation to poor quality coal that had more ash content and was wet.

Urging the government to act immediately in finding a solution to the power crises, he pointed to the shortfall of 1031 megawatt in generation and criticised the State Government for not taking steps to bridge the gap between demand and production.

The power shortage, he said, had hit small scale industrial units, farmers and weavers badly and this would lead to a large scale problem of unemployment. Vast stretches of cultivable land, he alleged, were being allowed to be taken over for setting up big industries.

Lankan Tamils issue

Calling for a united stand among political parties in the Sri Lankan Tamils’ issue, Dr. Ramadoss said a conference would be organised on November 14 by the party to highlight the plight of Tamils in the island nation. Leaders of all parties would be invited for the conference.

The PMK leader ruled out the possibility of having an alliance with “actor-turned-politicians.”

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