Power woes hit IT industry

Staff Reporter
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IT park association vice-president submits memorandum to Bhimili MLA

IT companies in the city may have to close shop if the government fails to keep its promise of providing uninterrupted power supply to the IT industry. The unscheduled cut and the high penalties being imposed for drawing more power is making the IT units unviable.

MLA’s promise

Rushikonda Information Technology Park Association vice-president and CEO of Symbiosis Technologies O. Naresh Kumar met Bheemunipatnam MLA M. Srinivasa Rao on Thursday and submitted a memorandum to him seeking his cooperation in taking the problems of the IT industry to the notice of the government.

The MLA promised to take the issues to the notice of the Chief Minister in Hyderabad on Friday.

Mr. Naresh recalled that the government had issued a G.O. promising uninterrupted power supply to the IT industry and also declared IT an essential service. The AP Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (AP EPDCL) was now issuing notices to the IT units not to use power for more than 60 per cent during day time and not more than 10 per cent during nights.

It was unfortunate that penalties of three to five times were being levied for use of regular power.

He appealed to the government to implement the G.O. and if it was not in a position to supply power, the G.overnfment Order should be withdrawn and the public told about the helplessness of the government.

He found fault with the powers that be in the power sector for their lack of foresight and for taxing businessmen for their failure.

AP Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited had the lowest losses among all the four distribution companies in the State.

There was no reason why Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited consumers should pay for the losses and thefts in the other three discoms.

He demanded fixation of tariff based on losses and not the same unit rate for all. The voltage fluctuations and frequent breakdowns were telling upon the health of the Information Technology industry, he added.



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