Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding allocation of entire 2000 MW power generated from the Kudankulam nuclear plant for Tamil Nadu. She stated in the letter that Tamil Nadu is reeling under acute power shortage and the power form Kudankulam plant will be helpful in solving the power crisis in the state.

"This is also inevitable as the transmission corridor congestion problem still continues and has also been brought to your notice," she said in the missive coming almost two weeks after the state cabinet gave the nod for the plant.

The Chief Minister pointed out that out of the 2000 MW to be generated by two units in KNPP, Tamil Nadu has been allocated a share of 925 MW only. She recalled she had already made a request of allocation of 1000 MW from Central pool last year against which a "mere 100 MW" was made available to the state which was facing "severe power shortage".

"I hope that this request will be positively considered by you. May I also reiterate that we require and deserve this power?" she said. The Tamil Nadu cabinet had on March 19 given the go-ahead for commencement of work at the plant which remained stalled for several months following protest by anti-nuclear activists and locals led by People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy citing safety concerns.

Until last month, AIDMK chief Jayalalithaa was vociferously opposed to the Kudankulam nuclear power plant. However, taking a U-turn on her stand on March 20, she not only gave the go- ahead to the controversial plant but also ordered her policemen to crack down on anti- nuclear protesters.

(JPN/Agencies)