Faced with a shortage of over 1000 MW, India’s Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) has started to take measures to maintain uninterrupted power supply in the state.

As an immediate measure, TNEB has asked captive power plants in the state to increase their power generation. The total generation capacity of captive power plants in the state is around 600 MW. At present, TNEB gets 200 MW. A TNEB official said: “We have asked them to supply us with the extra 400 MW.”

In addition, damp coal from Orissa is being mixed with oil to improve heating capacity. An official said: “Due to the monsoon, the coal is wet. Mixing it with oil will increase generation by up to 300 MW.”

Power managers have said that the situation will improve within a matter of week. One manager said: “We have already increased load shedding in the districts. We were able to get 1000 MW through scheduled power cuts.”

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