Central agency says south India power shortage set to worsen

CHENNAI: Power shortage in the four southern states, including the erstwhile composite AndhraPradesh, is likely to almost double from 6.8% in 2013-14 to 12.7% in the current financial year, says a report by the Central Electricity Authority. 

Northern and western grids are showing signs of improvement, but southern, eastern and northeastern regions are likely to slip further, the report released recently says. Southern grid, (37,814 MU shortage) comprising four states (composite AP) and the Union territory of Puducherry will be the worst hit, the report says. 

Karnataka’s power supply shortfall was 9.5% in 2013-14 in comparison to Andhra Pradesh’s 6.9% and Tamil Nadu’s 5.9%. The shortage is likely to shoot up to 15.3% for Andhra Pradesh and 14.4% for Karnataka this year. Kerala’s shortage, on account of hardly any new project coming up, will go up from 1% to 24.7%. 

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