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The revised system of load shedding will be implemented in such a way that the duration will be stretched to one more hour.
A senior official of Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) said two hours of load shedding in the city and suburbs would be implemented between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. The schedule had been drawn up in such a way that the hardship to residents would be minimum.
The load shedding schedule would be regularly revised once a month on a rotation basis to avoid inconvenience. The schedule would be changed at the end of March, adds the official. The revised system of load shedding for Chennai and suburbs is part of the new restriction and control measures announced by the TANGEDCO on Saturday.
The reaction from residents is on the expected lines. Many of them are unhappy over the TANGEDCO’s move.
D.S. Kumar, a resident of Chinmaya Nagar, Virugambakkam, complains that the two-hour power cut would cause severe inconvenience. With his daughter preparing for class 10 examinations, Mr. Kumar is concerned that she might not be able to concentrate on her studies because of the power cut to be carried out during day. He hopes that Chief Minister Jayalalithaa would take steps to speed up the completion of the power projects to bring relief to the people.
V. Rama Rao, a social activist from Nanganallur, suggests that the implementation of the new measures be deferred to April, as the public examinations would be over by then.
He also wants the State government to curb the lavish use of electricity by business houses and commercial establishments.
But, R. Umapathy, a resident of Jamalia, does not mind load shedding during off-peak hours. He says, “So long as it is not being carried out during early morning and late evening hours, I am not bothered in any way.”
Most Chennaiities will have to sweat it out for three hours more along with the existing one-hour power cut for the next 10 days.
TNEB has increased the duration of load shedding to four hours, if required, in many areas in Chennai city and suburbs for ten days starting June 21 so as to finish the ongoing thermal plant work at Vallur, near North Chennai as early as possible.
TANGEDCO, a subsidiary of the TNEB Limited, said that in order to take up the line connectivity to the new project, a TNEB-NTPC joint Thermal Plant that is being constructed at Vallur, shutdown of Nellore-Alamathi 400 KV line had to be availed from June 21 to June 30.
Due to this, there will be a shortage of about 300 MW of power to Chennai city and its suburban areas.
The load shedding schedule released by TANGEDCO is as follows:
Melur, Manali, Sipcot, Thiruthani, Palayaseevaram, Thiruvallur, Mosur, Pallur, Salai, Orikai and Oragadam (6am to 7am, 11am-12noon, 4 pm-5pm and 9pm-10pm);
Perungudi, Kadaperi, Kodambakkam, Thirumangalam, Porur, Puzhal, Mathur, Thirumullaivoyal and Durainallur (7am to 8 am, 12noon-1pm, 5 pm-6 pm and 10 pm-11 pm);
Rajbhavan, Thiruvanmiyur, Velachery, Madipakkam, Padi, Mugappair, Periyar nagar, Menambedu, Sidco, Anna Nagar, Avadi, Alamathi and Panchetti (8am to 9am, 1 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-7 pm and 11 pm-12 am)
Besant Nagar, Kottivakkam, Thiruvanmiyur, Thirumudivakkam, Arumbakkam, Maduravoyal, SAF games, Valluvar Kottam, Usman road, Tidel park, TCS, Nolambur, Sembarambakkam, KK Nagar, Ramapuram and SRMC (9 am to10 am, 2 pm-3 pm, 7 pm-8 pm and 12 am-1 pm)
and Alandur, Nanganallur, West Mambalam, Nanganallur, T.G.Nagar, Guindy, Pallavaram, Mambalam, RA Puram, Perumbakkam and Madambakkam (5 am to 6 am, 10 am-11 am, 3 pm-4 pm and 8 pm-9 pm).
TNEB has also requested consumers cooperate so as to enable the early commissioning of new power station at Vallur.
CHENNAI: Chennai’s power managers are now praying for more wind. The weathermen say the prayers are being answered, but in multiple ways.
Since Thursday, the temperature in the city dipped to 32.9 degree celcius from 34 degree celcius. The demand for power also came down by 500 MW across the state.
There’s more good news. The weathermen have confirmed there will more wind to turn the turbines by the month end. That will increase power generation by 1,500 MW. “That’s when we can confidently reduce scheduled power cuts,” said aTamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) official.
The brief spells of rains for the past two days in the state brought a relief of 500 MW for TNEB. Due to this, the electricity board was able to relax load shedding for a day. In monetary terms this translates to saving around Rs five crore spent on power purchase.
But the rains also made fluctuations in wind generation. “Some days we used to get 200 MW and on some, nil,” said the official. But the metereological department has given an oral confirmation to the TNEB that wind power will pick up by this month end. “Usually, the wind season starts in the first week of May, but this time it is a bit early,” said the official.
Apart from wind, the weathermen have also predicted rains for Monday. This has given hope to power managers for saving some more power. “If there are good showers, it will be possible for us to avoid the load shedding,” said chairman of TNEB, C P Singh. “On Sunday there was no rain in the city.”
Power managers state that there would be atleast 200 MW relief from the agricultural sector for the next couple of days.”The farmers consume approximately 2,000 MW. But as it has rained, they can avoid using pumps to water the crops,” said Singh.
On Thursday the government announced one-hour scheduled cuts for the city and three hours for the districts. The TNEB was forced to impose power cuts due to the sudden increase in demand. The present demand in the state is around 12,000 MW and supply is 9,300 MW, which includes generation in TN and around 2,000 MW purchased from other states and captive power plants here.