Chennai : Assailing the Central Government for failing to supply adequate electricity to Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday shot off a strong letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh questioning if there is a concerted conspiracy to keep the State in the dark.
A poor electricity situation has forced entire Tamil Nadu, barring Chennai, to suffer outages extending up to 10 hours a day over the past fortnight. This has had a crippling effect on the industries and normal life. In fact, until a few months ago, the outages lasted for nearly 16 hours in many districts.
Pointing out that the power situation in the State has deteriorated rapidly, in her letter to Singh, she said, a close analysis reveals that this is primarily due to the shortfall in generation by Central Generating Stations, including Tamil Nadu’s joint venture with NTPC.
To compound this misery, Tamil Nadu is receiving only 777 MW out of its share of 1113 MW from the Neyveli Lignite Corporation.
“It appears to be a very strange coincidence, while all the existing 12 thermal units of TANGEDCO (Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Company) are generating to full capacity, the Central Generating Stations and the joint venture unit are all performing dismally, simultaneously. This has resulted in widespread load shedding again in the State which was free from load shedding till the first fortnight of November,” she said.