Staff Reporter

Transco ‘helpless’ as demand increases

Several areas plunged into darkness

Continuing dry spell leads to more power consumption

ELURU: It was a sleepless night indeed for people on Wednesday night. Sultry weather, the menace of mosquitoes and the two-hour power cut effected by authorities of the Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (EPDCL) at midnight made life miserable for them.

When residents were about to retire for the day, fans and air conditioners in their bedrooms went off around 10.30 p.m. The offices of EPDCL were flooded with frantic calls on restoration of power supply. It was beyond midnight when the supply was restored. Enquiries with Transco authorities revealed that there were more such sleepless nights in store for consumers due to the demand-supply gap.

Same was the case with the other seven urban centres and rural areas in the district. All the urban centres plunged into darkness for three hours. There was no power supply from 8.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. in villages in the district last night.

With monsoon playing truant and the dry spell continuing for quite a long period, people are forced to heavily depend on fans and air conditioners for relief.

All this led to sharp increase in power consumption, Kondapalli Satyanarayana, Superintending Engineer, EPDCL, said. The daily consumption reached 90 lakh units as against the supply of 79 lakh units, leading to a greater strain on the grid.

Hydel power generation reportedly came to a grinding halt for want of water in the reservoirs. “We are in a helpless state. Either the rain god or the government’s initiative to purchase power from neighbouring states can only tide over the present crisis,” said a Transco official.