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State-owned NTPC Ltd has agreed to resume 1,000 Megawatt power supply to Tamil Nadu power board from its thermal power plant in Vallur, which the company had stopped owing to non-payment of dues by the state.
“Some understanding has been reached and NTPC has agreed to restart the power supply. Since, it takes some time, the supply should resume by late evening today,” an NTPC official said. The Delhi-based power giant on Wednesday had stopped power supply to Tangedco and other power distribution companies in the southern part of the company owing to an overdue of Rs 1,156 crore.
NTPC’s Vallur plant, which runs on a joint venture with Tamil Nadu Electricity Board, has three units of 500 Megawatt each from where Tandegco gets about 70 per cent of the generated power. Power supply from two of these three plants was suspended on Wednesday.
Apart from this, the state is also lacking 500 MW power from Kudankulam nuclear power station which is currently shut for refuelling. According to another senior NTPC official the state has made some payment of the total overdue so far. He, however, did not comment on the amount of the repayment.
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