Power cut era over in state: Tamil Nadu minister

Chennai, Sep 10 (IANS) Assuring potential investors about comfortable power supply, Tamil Nadu’s Electricity Minister Natham R. Viswanathan on Thursday said the era of power cut is over in the state.

Speaking at the Global Investors Meet organised by the state government here, he said: “The era of power cut is over and we are marching towards power surplus status. So make the state the investment destination of your choice. Investment in Tamil Nadu is investment in our shared future.”

Viswanathan said a deficit of 4,000 MW power existed when the AIADMK government came to power in the state but in the last four years, an additional capacity to the tune of 6,239.5 MW has been tied to Tamil Nadu’s grid.

According to him, the current average demand of power in the state is around 12,500-12,700 MW and it expected to rise to 13,800 MW by the end of 2015-16.

However the state power utility is well placed to meet the demand and soon additional power capacity of 2,482 MW will be added to the grid, he added.

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