Villages in the State may have to forget getting power supply during the entire daytime daily up to the onset of the monsoon in June.
The AP Transco and the distribution companies have decided to continue the present 12-hour power cut (6 a.m. to 6 p.m) in rural areas till the middle of next year, attributing it again to power shortage again. If any village gets supply for one or two hours during daytime now, it may be by mistake of the field staff.
People in villages are subjected to hardship as even the supply for a limited duration is made without a prior announcement. So much for the various programmes, much-hyped over the years, for extending net connectivity to rural areas. Rajiv-Internet-Village facility launched amidst much fanfare at many villages a couple of years ago will be operational only between 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. when the staff will leave the premises after office-hours.
AP Transco CMD Ajay Jain said the cut now would be implemented for two hours in Hyderabad and other such cities; four hours in district headquarters; six hours in municipalities and; eight hours in mandals. He, however, promised to make efforts to reduce the hardship in villages.
Gas supply reduced
He said the utilities were forced to continue the power cuts in view of a daily shortage of 22 million units (mu). Adding to this, Reliance Industries had reduced gas supply from the K-G Basin to from 75 per cent of their requirement to 65 per cent. The situation would improve only when hydel stations were operated following inflows into the reservoirs which, however, would happen only in June.
Lift irrigation schemes
Four massive lift irrigation schemes which have been completed, are poised for inauguration shortly and they require 20 mu daily for their operation.
Power worth Rs. 7crore is being purchased daily at an exorbitant price of Rs. 4.30 a unit to meet the demand which is hovering at 245 mu these days.