Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy has called upon Opposition parties not to politicise the present power crisis but cooperate with the Government in ensuring adequate supply to farm sector.

Deficit rainfall

Reviewing power supply situation here on Tuesday, Dr. Reddy stated that acute scarcity of power in the State was due to deficit rainfall on one hand and the “faulty” policy pursued by the previous Telugu Desam regime in encouraging private gas-based power projects at the cost of AP Genco. His Government is able to implement free power supply to farm sector as copious inflows reached reservoirs during the past four years, ensuring a full-capacity operation of the hydel stations.

Strategies

A press note issued later by his office quoted him as saying that his government, however, had launched both long-term and short-term strategies to tide over the crisis.

These include immediate completion of power projects taken up by APGenco at a cost of Rs. 34,446 crore to add 8,860 MW to the grid.

The Genco now has 7,010 MW capacity, of which, 3,383 MW is thermal, 3,625 hydel and 2 MW wind.

Power purchased

Dr. Reddy said power worth Rs. 10 crore was being purchased daily to meet the present shortage that cropped with the demand going up to 198 million units a day while generation by all sources on hand, was mere 154 mu.

He asked the Energy Department to launch a programme to educate public on the reasons for the shortage and efforts made by the Government to meet it.