White Paper on power situation demanded
The Tamil Nadu State Youth Congress President Yuvaraj today demanded that Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa should come out with a white paper on the power position to clarify to the people why there was shortage.
Addressing a press conference here, Mr Yuvaraj pointed out that in the last one-and-a-half years, the power cuts increased considerably from two hours to 16 hours, which affected the people and the industrial sector.
He said the white paper should given details of total power generation, how many units of power were drawn from the central pool as well the neighbouring states, and total power supply to multinational companies in the state.
This would would give a clear picture about the power position in Tamil Nadu, he added.
He said Tamil Nadu used to draw 3500 mw of power from the central pool regularly and as there was acute shortage of power in other states also, the allocation to Tamil Nadu might be reduced.
He charged it was unfortunate that the Tamil Nadu Government approached the Supreme Court, seeking a direction to the centre for allocating its surplus power.
He claimed Tamil Nadu used to lose 1086 mw of power due to poor maintenance of the generation units. Instead of meeting the Prime Minister and the Union Power minister in person and seek additional allocation to state, the Chief Minister is writting letters.
He blammed the Dravidian party governments which were ruling in tandem, for the delay in commissioning of Koodankulam nuclear power plant (KNNPP) and hoped that once the KNNPP and another thermal unit atart power generation, Tamil Nadu will get 1200 mw of power additionally, he added.