Jaya demands 1,000 MW power to eradicate darkness

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J Jayalalithaa
Chennai, Mar 10: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been asked by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to allot 1,000 MW of additional power for overcoming the shortage in the state.

Accusing the Centre of “callousness and indifference” to the requests made by the state government for additional power, Jayalalithaa said, the UPA government had alloted only 100 MW.

"The amazing alacrity shown in superimposing fetters on the rights of states may also be bestowed on concern for essential needs of states and attention to fulfilling them.

TN has contracted 500 MW from Gujarat. Of this, only 203 MW could be transmitted. The 727 MW of night power contracted from Dadri Power Station [UP] was also curtailed. TN has contracted to an extent of 1,750 MW from outside for March 2012. However, corridor availability has been released to the extent of 350 MW. This has caused indescribable anguish,” she said.

Jayalalithaa also said that the major power projects to be executed by Central public sectors had been “inordinately delayed”.

"I request you to kindly intervene and ensure the required quantum of 1,000 MW of power transmission," she added.

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