The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, opposing the Centre’s nod to Kerala’s proposal to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment Study for construction of a new dam in place of the existing Mullaperiyar reservoir.
The officials of the department conducted inspections in 818 fuel outlets across the state between October 10 and 12 and found short delivery by 127 of them, a government release said.
Operations of more than 120 fuel pump stations across Tamil Nadu have been suspended and penal action is being initiated against them for “short delivery” of petrol and diesel detected during a recent state-wide intensive raids by the Labour department.
The state government has constituted a technical advisory expert committee to construct Anamalayar reservoir with a storage capacity of 2.5 tmc ft
Even as Tamil Nadu is opposing moves by upper riparian states such as Karnataka to construct dams across inter-state rivers, it is planning to build a new dam under the 60-year-old Parambikuam -Aliyar Project (PAP).
Power sector woes are expected to continue for some time as coal shortage continues, leading to a dip in the generation. Rising demand for electricity and fall in hydropower production due to a dry spell in certain parts of the country is compounding the problem.
Fringe group Hindu Makkal Parishad launched a protest against fuel price hike outside district collector’s office in Chennai. An activist marched on a horse to submit petition against the Centre and also Tamil Nadu government.
Taking a serious view of allegations that Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) had backed down wind power, the Madras high court on Thursday summoned the state electricity secretary and the corporation’s chairman
Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) is set to resume coal imports, with the first shipment expected on October 10, as domestic coal supply has not improved in the last few weeks.
Pointing to coal shortage for thermal power generation, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Friday urged the central government to supply 72,000 tonnes of coal daily to help the state thermal plants towards optimal electricity generation.
Power demand is on the rise again in Tamil Nadu. Compared to last year, the demand is more than 2,000MW this year. With wind power generation coming down in the last few days, Tangedco has been purchasing power from private companies and through the electricity exchange.
From being a power deficient state, Tamil Nadu has risen to top the country in installed wind capacity, making it also one of the top states globally, behind only a few provinces in China and Texas in America, as a renewable energy generator.