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  • Timings: 8.30 am to 10.30 am, 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm
  • Shortage attributed to non-availability of gas

    HYDERABAD: The twin cities, which have been spared from power cuts for several years now, will now be subjected to load shedding in two spells of two hours each every day.

    The State Cabinet, at a meeting here on Friday, decided that the State capital could no longer be exempted from power cuts when the rest of the State is passing through long spells of load shedding in the wake of a severe power crisis. It is understood to have directed the power utilities to impose power cuts between 8.30 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. and again from 4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

    Reviewing the growing unrest among farmers across the State over the irregular power supply, the Cabinet discussed their demand for nine-hour power supply to save the standing crops. As the present shortage did not allow such a facility, Ministers suggested that every possible measure should be taken on a war-footing to tide over the crisis.

    Briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao said the Government was negotiating with the Centre as well as other States to purchase power. The Cabinet decided to appeal to elected representatives and people in general to conserve power and bring down the overall demand.

    Transco Chairperson and Managing Director Rachel Chatterjee told reporters later that demand for power had peaked at 169 million units (mu) a day this month as against the 146 mu in the corresponding period last year.

    She attributed the sudden shortage to non-availability of gas for power generation in gas-based plants. "We are exploring the possibility of generating power with naptha (a more expensive fuel)," Ms. Chatterjee said. In response to tenders invited by the Transco, some companies had offered to supply 200-400 MW of power, she said.

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