The Tamil Nadu government has urged the Centre to set aside for the state's use the unallocated 100 Mw power being generated from the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP).
In a letter, Tamil Nadu chief minister O Pannerselvam brought to the notice of prime minister Narendra Modi the state's memorandum of request in June 2014, urging the Centre to allocate the entire 15 per cent (150 Mw) unallocated power in KNPP Unit-I and Unit-II to the state.
"As you are aware, Tamil Nadu has come forth with all necessary inputs like land and water for the expeditious completion of the project, while neighbouring states had not been supportive. The deft handling of the issue by the state government ensured there was no disruption in commissioning and running of KNPP," the chief minister highlighted in the letter.
The Centre has allotted 50 Mw from KNPP to Telangana, which again is a power deficit state in the south.
Tamil Nadu's request comes against the backdrop of the increasing demand for power in the state. According to the state government, the demand for electricity is estimated to grow by around 20 per cent in 2014-15. The demand in the current year is pegged at 91,642 million units, as against 76,445 million units in 2013-14.
The demand for power in the state has increased to 12,500 Mw this year, from 10,500 Mw in the last year.
Source- Business standard