Chennai (MAS): As the temperature goes up each day during summer, the power demand is also increasing in Tamil Nadu. Though there are several new thermal plants in the state due to which there is no power shortage, the three units at Vallur with a capacity of 500MW each is facing coal shortage.
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu O.Panneerselvam wrote a letter to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday, asking him to instruct the concerned authorities to arrange adequate supply of rail rakes to ensure uninterrupted supply of coal to NTECL Vallur Thermal power plant to manage the peak power demand during summer.
“NTECL has a 1,500MW (3x500MW) coal-based power plant at Vallur in North Chennai. All the three units have declared commercial operation. Tamil Nadu has been allocated about 1045MW from this power plant. Although the plant is capable of generating 1500MW of power at present, the generation from the station is restricted on account of short supply of coal from the Mahanadi Coal field, Talcher in Odisha due to the limited availability of empty railway rakes at Talcher coal mines,” said Panneerselvam.
“I am given to understand that the Ministry of Railways is not able to provide enough number of empty railway rakes at Talcher Coal Mines. As a result, one of the units at Vallur is always under shutdown. Augmentation of coal supply to NTECL Vallur Plant would greatly help the state to meet the state’s power demand during the summer,” the chief minister said.
“Augmentation of coal supply to NTECL plant would greatly help Tamil Nadu to meet the state’s power demand [now] during summer.”
Requesting the Minister’s personal intervention, he urged him to instruct the authorities to arrange for adequate supply of railway rakes to ensure uninterrupted supply of coal to NTECL Vallur power plant to manage the peak power demand.