With improvement in the power situation, APTransco and the four distribution companies have reduced the number of power holidays in a week for industries from two to one with effect from Monday.
Similarly, the power cut in cities like Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Tirupati and Warangal has now been restricted to two hours a day from four hours and to four hours in district headquarters (from six hours). It has been reduced to six hours for mandal headquarters (from eight hours) and to eight hours for villages (from 12 hours).
The improved situation has been attributed to heavy rains in Rayalaseema and inclement weather in the remaining parts of the State which brought down the demand for power significantly. The agriculture load in Rayalaseema also tumbled due to the rains while generation improved at the thermal stations.
According to APTransco CMD Ajay Jain, there was a drastic fall in the demand for power in Tamil Nadu due to heavy rains. Consequently, power was available for sale from the exchange and private traders and the State was purchasing nearly 8 million units (mu) daily. The demand-availability gap came down to 13 mu a day compared to 40 mu during the strike.