HC dismisses plea on frequent power cuts

The petitioner, G R Mohan, City-based advocate and party in person had moved the High Court against the frequent load shedding and has sought directions to set up a National Load Dispatch Centre to ensure optimum scheduling and dispatch of electricity among the regional load dispatch centres and supervise them.

The petitioner had submitted that the poor management of the State power sector had led to frequent power cuts and the power companies had forced the load-shedding on consumers.

The State in its reply had said that it is facing the crisis due to the increasing demand and mentioned about the projects taken up mitigate the crisis. The State said that it has taken all measures to pool all possible sources of energy to meet the demand. Pointing out that during this current financial year state has purchased 2944 million units of power at a cost of Rs 2045. 57 crores of which the State Government subsidy was Rs 810.43 crores.

The power utilities said that they have supplied 561 million units of more power than previous year, but mentioned that poor rainfall has affected the internal generation. The State submitted that the grid discipline is well maintained at the highest level and pointed out that there has been no failure for the past seven years.

The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice P D Dinakaran and Justice V G Sabhahit dismissed the petition.

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