AIADMK urges DMK to take steps to ensure uninterrupted power supply

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Chennai, Nov 18 (UNI) AIADMK Supremo J Jayalalithaa today urged the DMK government in Tamil Nadu to take steps to ensure uninterrupted power supply throughout the state.

In a statement here, she claimed that the functioning of the State Electricity Board had become stagnant after the DMK came to power and unannounced power cuts had become the order of the day.

Ms Jayalalithaa claimed during the previous AIADMK regime, there was no power cut even during drought.

Alleging that farmers, cottage industries, weavers and farm labourers were affected by the unannounced power cuts in the state, she criticised Electricity Minister Arcot N Veerasamy for his remarks that power shortage was due to non-functioning of wind mills.

The AIADMK Supremo said generation of power from wind mills was only for meeting adhoc needs.

''Electricity from wind mills are not taken into consideration when computing permanent energy needs,'' she said, adding when there was no adequate wind flow, electricity should be generated from other sources like thermal power stations.

She said precautionary measures must be taken to meet the energy requirements of the state by taking into account certain contingencies. The eight- hour power announced by the government still remained a dream for the farmers, affecting small scale industries and posed a question mark on the lives of workers, Ms Jayalalithaa said.

UNI

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