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KNPP to bring relief to TN: Venugopal

New Delhi: Tamil Nadu will get relief from the current power crisis with the commissioning of the Kudankulkam Nuclear Power Project, government told the Lok Sabha today.

"Tamil Nadu will get more than 900 MW power when the Kudankulkam project is commissioned," Minister of State for Power K C Venugopal said during Question Hour.

Venugopal said the power situation in the southern state would be better when other ongoing power projects in state were commissioned. He said capacity addition of 20,502 MW was achieved during 2011-12, which is the highest ever capacity addition in any single year. "During 2011-12, the electricity generation in the country was 876.44 billion units with a growth of 8.05 per cent over the generation during the year 2010-11," he said.

In reply to another question, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said the first phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission targets a capacity addition of 1,100 MW of grid connected solar power by 2013. "The targets of the Mission include creating an enabling policy framework for the deployment of 20,000 MW of solar power by 2022," Bansal said answering questions on behalf of Minister of New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah, who is unwell.

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