The allegation that the acute power shortage in the State was a creation of the Congress Party has refuted by Pradesh Congress Committee secretary Kolanukonda Sivaji at a press conference here on Friday.

He said that the YSR Congress Party had given a bandh call levelling false allegations against the party. The people who knew the facts did not respond to the call of the party, he said.

The reduction in generation of hydel power because of the lack of water in Nagarjunasagar and Srisailam dam and the failure of Reliance to produce gas needed for the generation of power in gas-based power plants was the real reason for the shortage of power, Mr. Sivaji said.

The State was already buying power at double the regular rates to bridge the gap.

Mr. Sivaji said that an additional 400 MW would soon be available because the water level in Srisailam reservoir had increased.