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Why low output, CAG asks TNEB

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CAGThe Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) came under attack of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India for adding only 290 MW during 2005-10 as agai-nst the estimated generation requirement of 3977 MW. The low capacity addition was attributable to no-n-completion of projects on time and non-taking up of identified hydro projects.

The CAG report tabled in the Assembly said that effective available power generation capacity was 7,625 MW in 2005-06, as ag-ainst peak demand of 9375 MW, leaving a deficit of 1,750 MW - 22.95 per cent of the peak demand. As on March 31, 2010, the effective available capacity was 8,040 MW as against the peak demand of 11,125 MW leaving a deficit of 3,085 MW, which is 38.37 per cent of the demand. The deficit in power supply increased from 22.95 per cent in 2005-06 to 38.37 per cent in 2010.

To meet the requirement of 3,977 MW during 2005-10, the projects to generate 1,548 MW were planned in the same period. However, the actual capacity addition was 683 which inclu-des 393 MW contributed by the central generating stations and independent power projects. The report citied delay in commissioning of the two 30 MW units in Bhavani Kattalai Barrages II and III and the uprating of Bha-vani Barrage I and II (20 MW) and Periyar Vaigai Mini I to IV (13 MW) while Sholayar powerhouse-I (14 MW) and Periyar Power House (28 MW) planned in 2008-10 was not taken up for implementation.

The TNEB replied that it would add 8,376 MW of capacity in the next three to four years and there would not be shortfall of en-ergy after commissioning of these projects. The newly assumed AIADMK government has promised to brid-ge the demand and supply gap by increasing power generation. The corporation was also rapped for excess consumption of coal. CAG said that receipt of inferior quality of coal and high station heat rate led to consumption of excess 45.25 lakh MT of coal by Tu-ticorin Thermal Power Sta-tion valued at Rs 1103 crore.

Source - Deccan Chronicle


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