New Delhi: On Monday, January 14, the Supreme Court imposed a stay on interim orders of the Madras High Court dated November 20, 2018, and January 2, 2019, respectively for the closure of the Vallur Thermal Plant.
The interim orders were initiated to put a halt on dumping of soil mixed with fly ash in the Ennore Creek. Subsequently, a joint venture of NTPC and Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB), shut three units of the thermal plant, each with a capacity of 500MW.
The plant provided Tamil Nadu with 1,000MW power from the units, whereas, 500MW was being supplied to Kerala and Puducherry.
Estimating a major hit to the power sully in the State, a special leave petition was moved before the Supreme Court on January 4. The petition was filed by NTPC Tamil Nadu Energy Company Ltd and was undertaken for hearing before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul.
During the hearing, the bench staying operation of the High Court orders, directed to reopen the thermal plant post Pongal celebrations.
Thereby, in receipt of the Apex Court order, officials of the TNEB submitted that the work was in process pertaining to restarting of the close units. Moreover, the power supply in the interim period shall depend on the demand in the State. Although, prevailing the Pongal holidays and cool weather in the State. The demand for power supply is likely to be low and is expected to rise only next week, by when the plant shall be back in operation, assured the official.