Coimbatore: As many as 216 new sub-stations announced by the CM will be set up soon, electricity minister V Senthil Balaji said here on Sunday.
“Preliminary work is under way. In order to check voltage fluctuation, 8,905 new transformers were announced by the CM. Of them, more than 4,500 have been installed,” the minister said at a Makkal Sabai event.
The DMK government will extend the duration of three-phase power supplied to farmers from the existing 16 hours a day wherever the required infrastructure is available, Senthil Balaji said. .
Answering a question on implementation of 24-hour three-phase power supply scheme announced by the AIADMK government, Balaji said that the previous government announced the scheme at the fag end of the rule. “It was announced just before the election to mislead farmers and get their votes. The announcement for the scheme came at the end of February and the government order came at the end of March. But the infrastructure required to implement the scheme were not created. An estimated Rs 1,800 crore is required to create them. The number of hours will be extended wherever facilities are available,” he said.
There are 56,000 vacancies in the electricity department and recruitment process will be initiated after getting approval from the chief minister, Balaji said.
“Keeping the financial position of the board in mind, vacancies required on an urgent basis will be given priority. The department has Rs 1.59 lakh crore loan and Rs 15,000 to Rs 16,000 crore is being paid as interest towards the loan every year,” he said.
“Of the proposed 150 places, Makkal Sabai events were held at 30 places. As many as 15,127 petitions were received. Most of them were related to the old-age pension scheme. Immediate action will be taken on the petitions. Senior officials from departments will meet the petitioners and solve their issues at the earliest,” the minister added.