TN govt to procure 4.8 lakh tonne of coal to ensure uninterrupted power supply |


CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government will procure 4.8 lakh tonne of coal to tide over the coal shortage and to ensure uninterrupted power supply, electricity minister V Senthil Balaji told the assembly on Monday.
“The department would float a tender within two to three days to procure 4.8 lakh metric tonne of coal to meet the shortage in the state, which requires 72,000 metric tonne of coal per day. At present, we are receiving 48,000 to 50,000 metric tonne of coal a day,” said the minister while responding to a calling attention motion moved by the AIADMK, the Congress, the PMK, and the Communist parties on the unannounced power cuts.
According to the prevailing situation, the estimated power shortage for this year was 2,500 MW. To tackle the situation, the government has decided to go for midterm procurement for the months of April and May.
It would procure power at Rs 2.61 per unit from Solar Energy Corporation of India and 1,500 mw from Neyveli Lignite Corporation for Rs 3.04 per unit. This would put an end to the unannounced power cuts, said the minister.


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