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Spiralling power consumption figures cause concern to power distribution authorities

HYDERABAD: With February just passing by, the summer this time with its spiralling power consumption figures in the city are causing goose bumps to the power distribution authorities and threatening consumers with the spectre of tedious power cuts.

The consumption in the core city, which leaves out a number of areas on the edges such as Kukatpally, Chandanagar, Medchal, Jeedimetla, Kondapur, Qutbullapur, Uppal, and Hayatnagar displays an ever-growing demand, especially on the domestic front. With the summer heat catching up, there is already a rush for air-conditioners and inverters, heralding a phenomenal increase in loads.

High consumption

Consumption in February had already far exceeded the peak summer consumption recorded three years ago. In 2007, maximum consumption in the core city was 17.56 million units, recorded towards May end.

However, in the current year, the maximum consumption in the month of February itself -- 19.19 million units recorded on February 26 -- far exceeded this mark. This is 6.7 lakh units more than last year's peak consumption in February.

Last year, summer consumption peaked at 21.98 million units in May and is expected to grow beyond 23 million units this year, inform officials.

There has been a phenomenal rise in the number of consumers too over a period of five years. Nearly three lakh consumers, in both Low Tension and High Tension categories, were added in all the three divisions of the Metro Zone of CPDCL during this period. As on January1, 2010, there were 14.51 lakh power connections in the Metro Zone, against the 11.54 lakh recorded in January 2005.

New connections

The years 2006 and 2007 recorded particularly high number of new connections due to the boom in real estate and IT sectors.

In 2008, understandably, the growth in connections plummeted by half due to economic slowdown and the resultant inactivity.

Loads too have increased accordingly over the five years, indicating a rise of over 60 per cent. The maximum demand recorded in April 2009 was 1017 Megawatts, as against the 629 MW recorded in April 2005.

Cabling works

Cabling works to be taken up on war footing. Metro Zone officials are seeking road-cutting permission from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation so as to finish the pending cabling works on a war footing in view of the spiralling loads.

Majority of the works pertain to feeder bifurcation, needed for effective management of loads.

Stretches on which express permission for road-cutting is requested include those near Lakeview Guesthouse, Khairatabad, from Vittalwadi to Hyderguda and from Greenlands up to Rajiv Gandhi Circle in Somajiguda.


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