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The mirage formation on BRTS Road seems to foretell the torrid conditions that await the city in the months to come.
The mirage formation on BRTS Road seems to foretell the torrid conditions that await the city in the months to come.

Staff Reporter

Students appearing for annual examinations are the worst-affected

Industrial units asked to bear with load-shedding

Load relief is to save the grid, say authorities

VIJAYAWADA: It is only first week of March, but the city is already experiencing summer-like conditions with day temperatures and humidity making the lives of people miserable. Added to this are declared and undeclared power cuts and load-shedding.

Students preparing for annual examinations are the worst-affected, while industrial units in Autonagar and other places have been asked to bear with load-shedding and regulated supply. Power holiday has also been declared for a day in a week for certain industries and four days on a stretch in a month for a few industries.

Admitting that there was a gap between generation and demand, authorities of the Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (APSPDCL) on Friday said that ‘load relief' was being imposed in certain areas from March 1 to “save the grid from failure and maintain lighting load during peak load hours.”

The areas most affected on account of this ‘load relief' are Kankipadu, Ganguru, Kanuru, Yanamalakuduru, Patamata, Autonagar, Ring Road, Gunadala, Enikepadu, Nidamanuru, Surampalli, Nunna and Gannavaram, according to APSPDCL Divisional Electrical Engineer M. Siva Prasad Reddy.

Power holiday

He said that non-continuous processing industries, whose load was more than 30 HP, should use only lighting load from 6.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. For all non-continuous processing industries, whose load was more than 30 HP, Tuesday would be power holiday.

Continuous process industries like cement, steel and ferro-alloys, only 50 per cent of normal utilisation should be used between 6.30 p.m. and 10.30 p.m. These industries should announce power holiday for a continuous stretch of four days in a month on the days other than Sunday.

Industries like cold storages and poultry units should use only lighting load between 6.30 p.m. and 10.30 p.m. and use only 90 per cent of the normal consumption during the remaining hours.

Industries like textiles, ginning and spinning should shut down loads from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. for five days a week from Monday to Friday.


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