Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: After imposing power cut and restrictions on industries as part of an action plan to meet the present shortage, the AP Transco has asked the four distribution companies to compulsorily ensure night supply to households for the sake of students preparing for their examinations.

Reviewing the steps taken by the distribution companies to operationalise the action plan with their CMDs at Vidyut Soudha here on Wednesday, Andhra Pradesh Transco CMD Ajay Jain also issued instructions to them to implement seven-hour supply to the estimated 28 lakh agriculture pumpsets in the state as standing rabi crops required wettings at periodic intervals.

The discom CMDs were directed not to impose power cuts in any locality in their respective operation areas without prior announcement of the schedule with timings.

At the daylong review, Mr Jain specified the time-limits to the distribution companies for replacement of transformers and other equipments to avoid interruptions in supply.

The meeting was attended by M. T. Krishna Babu, P. Gopal Reddy, N. Gulzar and Ch. Narsimha Reddy, CMDs respectively of the Central, Southern, Eastern and Northern power distribution companies headquartered at Hyderabad, Tirupati, Visakhapatnam and Warangal, and a number of top officials.