These projects were implemented to enhance transmission capacity for all southern states, not only for next few years, but for the next 20 years, the Power minister told reporters on the sidelines of a function here where he launched the Centre's social security schemes.

To a question on power shortage in Tamil Nadu, especially in the industrial belt of Coimbatore, Goyal said in order to increase the transmission capacity, the southern grid had already been connected with the national grid.

"The Power Grid Corporation has been given the contract to increase transmission capacity at an investment of Rs 30,000 crore and as the project is likely to get over in another two years, all south Indian states should help the Centre execute the project by giving 'Right of Way' permission," he said.

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