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TN wont face power problem due to NLC strike: Minister

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Chennai, July 5 (UNI) Tamil Nadu would face no power problem in view of the indefinite strike launched by the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) as the government had made alternative arrangements to meet the power shortage, Electricity Minister Arcot N Veerasamy said today.

Talking to newspersons here, he said the state consumed 8500 MW of power a day and the shortage of 1000 MW received from NLC, would be made good by stepping up power generation in thermal and hydel power stations in the state.

He said the government had taken steps to get an additional 800 MW of power by stepping up the power generation in North Chennai, Mettur and Tuticorin thermal and Kunda and Metter Hydel power stations.

Besides, efforts had also been taken to secure additional power from the private sector and non conventional sources like wind mills, he said and assured uniterrupted power supply to households and industrial establishements.

''The power position in the state is comfortable and Tamil Nadu is not facing a situation to buy power from neighbouring states,'' Mr Veerasamy said.

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