Centre cuts power share of state from Vallur station
Ignoring the repeated representation of the Tamil Nadu Government to increase the power allocation, the Central Government has reduced the share of Tamil Nadu and on the flip side has allocated additional power to neighbouring states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
While the power managers of the Centre have provided additional 45 mw and 40 mw to Karnataka and Andhra Pradersh respectively, they have reduced the share to Tamil Nadu by 50 mw. Out of unallocated 150 MW, the Central Government has allocated 85 MW to Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and the remaining to northern states. The Tamil Nadu Government has demanded the cent per cent power allocation from the Vallur station, which is a joint venture between the State and Central governments.
However through a new allocation order issued on May 18, the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has reduced the allocation to 71.34 percentage from Vallur station as against its earlier allocation of 75 percentage.
This means, Tamil Nadu has been allocated only 356.4 mw from the total 500 mw from the Vallur station. As per the earlier order, the State received 375 mw from the Vallur station.
But Andhra Pradhesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry have been provided additional power. Out of the 500 MW generated at Vallur, Andhra Pradhesh has been provided 72.45 mw; 45.6 mw to Karnataka; 11.7 mw to Kerala and 7.55 mw to Pudhucherry.
“The Vallur plant was also constructed under a joint venture agreement between the state and National Thermal Power Corporation. If it is a joint venture project, the Centre should allocate 75 per cent of the production to the State Government, but in the case of Vallur station, the Centre has failed to do it,” complained power managers.
However, officials here justified that more allocation of power to AP and Karnataka stating that they were suffering from huge power deficit.