Power cuts lifted following improvement in generation

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Chennai, Sep 17 (UNI) The Tamil Nadu government has lifted the power cuts in the city, its suburbs, all Corporations and district headquarters following improvement in power generation through wind energy.

Talking to newspersons here after inaugurating the internet facility for payment of electricity bills at the state Secretariat here, Mr Veerasamy said once the state receives good rains and the reservoirs are full, the power cuts would be totally lifted.

He said presently, the state was getting 1500 MW of power from wind energy, followed by 1000 MW from Hydel power stations, 2520 MW from Thermal power stations and 321 MW from gas based power stations.

In addition to this, the state was getting 525 MW from the central grid in Neyveli, 1129 MW of power from other centre-owned power stations and 100 MW each from Kerala and Power Trading Corporation, he said.

With this available power position, the government was providing power, round the clock, in the city, its suburbs, all Corporations, important towns and district headquarters. The government was also ensuring uniterrupted power to hospitals and other essential services, he said.

In rural areas, as announced on September one, three hour power cut was still in vogue, he said adding the situation would improve, once the state gets sufficient rains, Mr Veerasamy said.

The minister said soon after it came to his notice that two judges were trapped in a lift following power shut down at Madras High court on September seven, the Electricity Board Chairman called on High court Chief Justice and expressed regret.

The Chairman also assured uniterrupted power supply to the court and the Chairman's gesture was well appreciated by the Chief Justice, Mr Veerasamy said.

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