CPI(M) stages dharna at electricity office

Officials of AP Transco on Friday assured consumers of discussing with the government the issue of reducing the power cut timings from the existing seven hours to three hours in the city.

At one time, the electricity officials expressed their inability on the issue stating that nothing was in their hands as the power generation came down in the grids.

While the demand was about 12,000 MW, only 9,000 MW power was being produced, they said.

Unable to bear the unscheduled power cuts, several people, including women, led by CPI (M) staged a sit-in before the Transco Superintending Engineer's office on Friday. They demanded that the government take steps to reduce the power shutdown timing from seven hours to three hours.

When the officers were not available in the office, the protestors barged into the SE's chamber. They argued that people were suffering from health problems due to prolonged power cuts.

Even as the authorities explained that load relief should be made as per the frequency of the grids, the protestors did not relent and demanded lifting of power cuts immediately. The officers too argued how could they supply power when there was no production and load relief was being implemented in all districts. CPI (M) city unit secretary Ch. Babu Rao, party leaders D. Kasinath, D. Vishnuvardhan, Ch. Jogi Raju, M. Venkateswara Rao, and others participated in the dharna.

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