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Plan to Integrate North, South Grid

According to reports, Union Minister of State for Power and Coal Piyush Goyal on Saturday said that the Power Grid Corporation of India would invest Rs 30,000 crores for the improvement of transmission facilities that would enable dispatch of power from northern States to southern States.

“I think in the next two-and-a-half years or three years, we will see this infrastructure project start taking shape. It will help evacuate power to Southern India and Tamil Nadu which is in the southern most corner. So obviously, the largest benefit comes to Tamil Nadu”, Goyal told mediapersons at the Secretariat after discussions with Chief Minister O Panneerselvam for over 90 minutes.

The Union Minister complimented former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and her team led by Panneerselvam, EB Minister R Viswanathan and other officials for having done good work in the power sector thereby bringing down peak energy shortages to the barest minimum.

The Union Minister also announced that the Centre had decided to give 100 MW of unallocated power from the second unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant to Tamil Nadu, in addition to 100 MW from the first unit. “With this, a major share of power from KKNPP is being given to Tamil Nadu,” he added.

Goyal also said that Tamil Nadu would receive around Rs 1000 crores under the Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana for improving the electricity network in rural areas. Also, nine towns in the State had been chosen under the Integrated Power Development Scheme for which Rs 363 crores would be sanctioned, he further said. Goyal added that the Finance Commission had granted Rs 1,051 crores towards renewable power projects and that the amount would be released this month.

Adding that the State government had urged him to expedite the bidding for the Cheyyur Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP), the Union Minister said expert committees from both State and Central Governments were studying the project and as the Union Finance Minister had announced, the Centre would start the bidding process for all UMPPs.

Goyal said all of these measures would make Tamil Nadu a power surplus State in future. He expressed confidence that the people of Tamil Nadu would appreciate the efforts of the Central Government led by PM Narendra Modi to help the power sector in the State.

When asked if any incentives could be expected from the Centre for maximizing solar power, the Minister said that the Centre had initiated a thrust to renewable energy.

“I would urge the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu to quickly come out with the Renewable energy policy in line with the recommendations of the Centre and I am sure with that we can give further thrust to renewable.

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