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SIMA appeals govt to review R & C measures of TANGEDCO
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Feb '12
Tamil Nadu is one of the very few progressive industrial States in the country ensuring inclusive growth, earning substantial forex earnings and revenue to the State exchequer.

TNEB was rated as the best Electricity Board during the last two decades, which enabled the State to attract huge investments in various industrial sectors and also FDI investment. Tamil Nadu accounts for 1/3rd of the textile business and 47.5% of the spinning capacity in the country.

Today, Tamil Nadu is having a shortage of 2500 to 3000 MW power due to undue delays in implementing various power projects including Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. Though this shortage works out only to 25% - 30% of the capacity, the lopsided policies framed during the year 2008 to 2010 on demand side management, have spoiled the image of the State and this issue is currently creating a serious turmoil and also causing social and industrial unrest.

Even though the net shortage is only 25 to 30% the industrial sectors across the State, the industries in South and West Tamil Nadu are facing power shortage to the tune of 60 to 70%.

In a Press Release, Mr.S.Dinakaran, Chairman of The Southern India Mills' Association (SIMA) has stated that out of 3800 MW power consumed by the HT consumers, a section of HT consumers amounting to 1800 MW could influence the earlier Government and managed to get themselves free from the R & C measures of TANGEDCO and thus indirectly imposed their burden on the other sectors and industrial units.

Such HT consumers include consumers in and around Chennai, IT sector; cement factories, steel companies, flour mills and MoU based multinational companies. Mr S. Dinakaran has stated that since these companies have dedicated feeder, they can very well purchase power from private parties and still enjoy uninterrupted working.

Mr. S.Dinakaran also stated that grid power is cheaper than private power and therefore it should be treated as the property of the people of Tamilnadu and distributed in an equal manner to all the users in the State. He has stated that equal distribution of shortage will bring down the power shortage to around 30% for all and will ensure survival of all the sectors and minimize the loss. Mr. Dinakaran has stated that Tamil Nadu will appear to be far better State than it is being projected on power front, if the exemption given to certain HT consumers is withdrawn and the burden is shared equally.

Mr. Dinakaran has stated that SIMA and other industrial Associations in the State have made an appeal to the Hon'ble Chief Minister to review the current restriction and control measures and distribute the power shortage equally. He has also appealed to the HT consumers enjoying the benefit of exemption to voluntarily give up the unfair advantage enjoyed by sharing the shortage with everybody in the State in an equitable manner.

SIMA Chief has also requested Hon'ble Chief Minister to make necessary efforts to bring the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant into operation and restore the normal functioning of lakhs of SMEs and other industrial units and avoid these units from being closed and sustain the survival and livelihood of several millions of people in the State.

The Southern India Mills' Association (SIMA)

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