State agrees to give power to Tamil Nadu

State agrees to give power to Tamil Nadu

Karnataka submitted before a bench headed by Justice G S Singhvi that it was ready to supply 150 MW of power as the situation in the State has improved due to widespread rains.

The dispatch centre’s advocate said that with the agreement between the two states, it would be easier for the organisation to regulate the power situation in the southern grid.

Supreme Court order

On April 20, the Supreme Court had ordered the transfer of cases pertaining to supply and sharing of power between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu before it on a petition filed by SRLDC as the high courts of both the states had given conflicting orders.

The SRLDC, a government body, was unable to abide by the orders of both the High Courts as either way it would amount to contempt of court for executing one order. In its order on April 7, the Madras High Court had restrained the JSW Power Trading Company Limited from canceling or curtailing the scheduling of round-the-clock power supply to Tamil Nadu. The next day, the Karnataka High Court directed the company to obey the Karnataka government order of April 3 to supply power to Karnataka only and not to regions outside it.

The Madras High Court has restrained the SRLDC in Bangalore, a statutory body established under the Electricity Act, 2003, from canceling or curtailing supply of RTC (round the clock) power of 300 MW up to the end of May, 2010, to the TNEB. The State Government had issued its directives after the  High Court recently upheld the its powers to invoke Section 11 of the Electricity Act.