Electricity demand rising in this summer in Tamilnadu
In general Tamilnadu is facing a great power demand every year and the heat is felt very badly in Tamilnadu. This year the summer is early when compared to the last year. In this criterion the government has to take some initiative to look after the power demand in Tamilnadu. In general Tamilnadu is already facing an acute power shortage and the statistics show that there were over 11,000 MW power shortages in Tamilnadu. This shortage is 1000 MW more than the previous year demand. As the summer goes on and the temperature increases there will also be more demand for the power in Tamilnadu.
Presently we are facing a serious demand and shortage because recently the Tuticorin Thermal Plant was shut down for the purpose of maintenance. There is a strike ongoing in the Orissa so that we are not even getting this 400 MW which we usually get from Thalser near Orissa. But the officials are stating that once when these issues are cleared then there will not be any problem for power for Tamilnadu. Official states that "this year we are facing the power shortage because of the reason that the summer started earlier. We are also gearing up the process to face the shortage and find a solution for the same."
But practically the power generation in the Tamilnadu state stands to be only 8000 MW but the serious demand of the power is 10000 MW and this year the power demand is reaching 11000 MW and this is indeed a great challenge for the DMK government. The next step that the government takes to solve this issue is the unannounced power cuts in Tamilnadu. The power cuts are already started in Coimbatore. There are many textile mills and nearly 45,000 industrial units facing this problem because of the seven hours power cut. For the last 4 days the situation is too worse as the factories and the mills are grinding halt for nearly three hours. And after that in the evening there is a power cut for nearly four hours and that too in the peak hours. The power cut in Coimbatore is also spoiling the normal life in Coimbatore.
The temple city is the next place that is facing a serious power cuts. Power Cuts in Madurai is unannounced and there are also many complaints raised because of that. Due to the increase in the temperature and also the water scarcity problem is a great issue now which adds more to the problem. There is also a talk going on by the officials who are planning to purchase nearly 1000 MW of power from the private generators and the traders. Senior EB official said "From the May month we will go for wind energy but we should not actually rely on it".