Piyush Goyal meets Jayalalithaa, discusses crucial power schemes

Piyush Goyal meets Jayalalithaa, discusses crucial power schemes

Union power minister Piyush Goyal met Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa at the secretariat on Friday evening, for a meeting that lasted around 30 minutes.

Days after asserting that joining the Uday (Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana) scheme could help the Tamil Nadu government, Goyal on Friday called on Jayalalithaa and held discussions over it.

Jayalalithaa told Goyal that a Tamil Nadu team comprising state power minister and top officials would visit Delhi to hold detailed discussions with him over the issue.

It turned out to be a warm and friendly meeting, sources said. Jayalalithaa was courteous and cordial and told him that he was a very efficient Minister. Taken by surprise, Goyal was also appreciative of her efforts in making Tamil Nadu surplus with power, sources say.

According to a government release, during the meeting, the chief minister highlighted the fact that the state has added 8432.5 Mega Watts to the state grid in the last five years, making TN both a “power sufficient and power surplus” state.

The CM, the release added, highlighted that TN has an installed capacity of 7,600 Mega Watts of wind power and is in a position to sell wind power to other States who require to fulfill their Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO).