Chennai : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin today launched
a scheme to provide one lakh agricultural power connections to farmers.
Mr Stalin handed over orders in this regard to 25,000 farmers in the first phase
at an event held in the city.
In his address, he said several schemes have been announced after the DMK
government assumed power in May and most of them have already been launched.
Accusing the previous AIADMK regime of spoiling the health of TANGEDO leading
to piling up of arrears, Mr Stalin said only 53 MW of additional power capacity
were added during its last 10 year rule.
During the last 10 years of AIADMK rule only 1,481 MW of additional power capacity
was added in the state. Of this 1,428 MW capacity projects were planned during the
2006-11 DMK regime.
“In net effect only 53 MW of additional power capacity was installed in the 10 years
of AIADMK rule”, he added.
‘We have planned for several new schemes. Works to generate 17,980 MW power in
the next ten years have already commenced. Officials have been directed to ensure
the completion of these projects as per schedule’, he added.
Pointing out that preference will be given for solar power generation, Mr Stalin also
announced setting up of a solar power park at Thiruvarur.