Centre to set up two ultra mega power plants in TN at its cost

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Chennai, July 24 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today said the Centre would set up two ultra mega power projects at a cost of Rs 32 crore, each generating 4000 MW of coal based power.

Addresing a press conference at the DMK party headquarters after returning here from New Delhi, Mr Karunanidhi said while one of the mega power plants would be set up at Seyur, the other would be set up either at Cuddalore or Marakanam.

Mr Karunanidhi who also revealed that the Centre had agreed to provide 100 MW of power from the Central pool everyday, said he had apprised the Prime Minister of the critical power situation in Tamil Nadu. The Prime Minister after consulting Union power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde announced that the Centre could spare only 100 MW per day in the backdrop of many other states facing a graver power crisis compared to Tamil Nadu.

He said a team from the Centre would visit Tamil Nadu on July 29 to decide the location for the second ultra mega power plant. The Centre has agreed to bear the cost of setting up the two plants at my government's appeal, he also revealed.

He said his government was making all efforts to improve power generation in the wake of the shortfall.

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