July 2012. Andhra Pradesh’s request for electricity from Kudankulam is still under negotiation but Tamil Nadu has vehemently opposed it,” said the official.
The scramble for maximising allocations from Kudankulam comes at a time when southern states are struggling to tide over debilitating electricity shortages. The lack of adequate grid interconnection between the southern region and the rest of the country has compounded the problem. Central Electricity Authority (CEA) estimates for April suggest the energy deficit (the difference between demand and supply of electricity) for the southern region was 18.1 per cent compared to a national average of 8.3 per cent. In Andhra Pradesh, the deficit was a high 20.5 per cent, in Karnataka 17.8 per cent, Tamil Nadu 19.4 per cent and in Kerala it was 3.2 per cent during the month.