Government has directed TNEB to buy power from outside to ensure 24-hour supply

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) will provide 24-hour supply to the city and its suburbs, and 22-hour supply to towns and other districts.The state government has directed the TNEB to buy power from outside to ensure 24-hour supply to the city and suburbs and maintain the current supply to other districts in the state.

Chennaiites have been concerned about power cuts like in the summer of 2008 marked by sweaty nights and mosquito bites.This summer could be better. “The government has given us instructions to maintain the current power supply in the state. For this purpose we will be purchasing 800 Mega Watt (MW) to 1,200 MW of power initially. Later we will procure 1,500 MW from private players and other states. This will continue till May,” said a senior TNEB official.

Farmers will be supplied power for 10 hours a day. While small-scale industries will not have power cuts, high tension industries will have the curbs between 6pm and 10pm. Those who have sought additional power will not be facing the cuts.

Source: Times of India-Chennai

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