Tamil Nadu government on Monday submitted before the Madras High Court that additional load shedding in the state was inevitable and it was not possible to notify it in advance.
T Jeyaseelan, Director(Distribution),Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd (TANGEDCO) in his additional counter affidavit said "..on account of the forced outages and sudden increase in demand, additional load shedding is inevitable and it is not possible to notify in advance."
A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice M Y Eqbal and Justice T S Sivagnanam had last week directed the respondents to file an additional affidavit giving full details of hours of non-supply of power in different districts in the state.
"However, the regular restriction and control measures approved by Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission have alredy been notified through TANGEDCO website, newspapers and electronic medias. It is submitted that on an average of 8-12 hours of load shedding are being enforced in all the 10 groups of distribution lines in the rest of the state without any discrimination," Jeyaseelan said.
He said the power requirement of Tamil Nadu was between 11000 to 12500 MW and the available power from the installed capacity including the power purchase by TANGEDCO was about 7000-8000 MW only. Generation from hydro stations this year was about 48 per cent less than that of the last year due to failed South-West monsoon and North-East monsoon not bringing enough rain, he said.
Pointing at the "considerable delay" in the commissioning of the central generating projects - Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant units 1 and 2 (scheduled for December 2007 and 2008 respectively), Neyveli Lignite Corporation Thermal Power Station II expansion units 1 and 2 (scheduled for February and June 2009 respectively), he said, "Tamil Nadu, entitled to get a share of around 1250 MW from these stations, is depirved of this share at this point of time due to delay in commissioning which has aggravated the power situation in the state."
Holding that the demand and supply has to match otherwise the grid will collapse, he said "Hence, load shedding is inevitable. Present level of generation of electricity in the state is not matching the demand."
Petitioner Citizens Guardians - a voluntary organisation sought a direction to authorities to take immediate permanent measures and find a solution to power problems faced by the public of Chennai.
The bench adjourned the matter for two weeks.