There was a 12-hour power shutdown across Kadapa district from 7 a.m. on Wednesday, following failure of talks held by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy with the Power Employees’ JAC leaders.

The power shutdown of about eight to nine hours for three days was enhanced to 12 hours and supply could be restored around 7 p.m., A.P. State Electricity Employees’ Union (No. 1104) State president M.V. Ramana told The Hindu . The prolonged power cut had an effect on drinking water supply in Kadapa and other towns across the district.

The electrical feeder at Water Gandi on the outskirts of Kadapa developed a technical snag, according to officials. Lack of power supply was affecting several protected water schemes in the district.

The hospitals across the district bore the brunt for the fourth successive day affecting medical services. The patients were put to hardships as the intensive care unit and intensive cardiac unit, which required uninterrupted power supply, were affected.

However, banks, big showrooms and some petrol filling stations functioned with generators.