Govt Will Generate 6,220mw In Next 5 Years: Senthil Balaji | Coimbatore News

Coimbatore: The Tamil Nadu government will increase the power generation in the state by 6,220MW in the next five years, keeping in mind that the power requirement of the state will go up by 50% in the same period, said electricity minister V Senthil Balaji.
Speaking to reporters in the city on Friday after inaugurating the free breakfast scheme for schoolchildren, the minister said the government is concentrating on speeding up the implementation of new power projects in the state. “A new project to produce 800MW of power will become operational by the year-end.”
Hitting out at the previous AIADMK government for mismanagement of the power sector, the minister said the state’s electricity department is only generating one-third of the present requirement of power in Tamil Nadu. “While power production had come down in the previous administration, the department’s debt had increased. Several projects started by the DMK government between 2006 and 2011 were not implemented. The rate of increase of power demand had also come down in the state during the AIADMK rule. At present, however, power demand is increasing steeply, indicating development across the sectors.”
The minister reiterated that the power tariff in the state is cheaper than many states even after the recent hike. “Out of the 2.37 crore households in the state, one crore will continue to get free power supply. Another 63,000 households’ power bill will increase only up to 55 each. The revision was made in such a way that it would not impact the poor. Likewise, power charges for medium and small-scale industries are still the lowest in the country.”
Earlier, the minister sat with children of a corporation primary school at Ramanathapuram in the city and ate the food provided under the free breakfast scheme. “The scheme will benefit the children from poor families.”
An official said 7,255 students from 62 city schools, 1,119 students from nine schools in the Mettupalayam municipality and 730 students from three schools in the Madukkarai municipality will benefit under the scheme in the first phase. Mayor Kalpana Anandakumar, collector G S Sameeran and corporation commissioner M Prathap were present at the event.
On addressing road issues in the city, the minister said the chief minister has allocated 26 crore out of 200 crore special funds sought to improve bad roads. “The remaining amount will be sanctioned before the end of the current financial year. For underground drainage works in Ondipudur and its surrounding areas, 177 crore has been allocated.”

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