Drinking water schemes affected in Khammam, Kothagudem and Bhadrachalam divisions
Protests against the long spells of power cut continued for the consecutive third day on Saturday even as the power supply situation remained grim across the district.
The long hours of unscheduled power outages in the midst of the peak agriculture season and ahead of Ramzan festival evoked widespread resentment from all sections. The electricity consumers reeled under the cascading effects of unrelenting spells of power cuts as the online banking services were hampered in some tribal sub-plan mandals like Venkatapuram. The drinking water schemes were also affected by the unabated power outages in several areas in Khammam, Kothagudem and Bhadrachalam divisions, sources added.
The aggrieved electricity consumers mainly the farmers took to the streets at several places across the district in protest against the repeated spells of power cuts. Irked by “unbearable” power cuts on Friday night, an irate mob of electricity consumers ransacked a power sub-station at Subashnagar in Yellendu town in the early hours of Saturday. Agitated over the indiscriminate power cuts, farmers owing allegiance to Andhra Pradesh Rythu Sangham laid siege to the electricity sub-station in Kusumanchi on Saturday. They shouted slogans against the government for its alleged failure to provide assured seven-hour power supply to agriculture at the crucial phase of their farm operations. Enraged over the unending power cuts, a section of the villagers of Kaikondaigudem detained the APTransco field staff concerned when the latter arrived in the village in Khammam rural mandal for collection of electricity bills, sources said. Activists owing allegiance to the CPI (M) division committee staged a rasta roko near Mayuri Centre in Khammam on Saturday evening resenting the power woes.
CPI to stage protest
Meanwhile, the CPI district council has given a call for laying siege to the electricity sub-stations in the district on August 21 as a mark of protest against the unrelenting spell of power outages. In a statement, the party district secretary Bagam Hemantha Rao alleged that all sections of people including farmers were hard hit by the present power crisis in the district. The power supply situation has turned from bad to worse due to the lack of foresight on the part of the State government, he charged and accused the government of contemplating to impose unbearable financial burden in the form of surcharge on the electricity consumers. “The CPI activists will stage demonstrations in front of the electricity sub-stations all over the district on Tuesday to register protest against the apathy of the government towards the power woes of people,” he said.
Mob ransacks electricity sub-station in Yellandu Farmers raise slogans against government in Kusumanchi
Mob ransacks electricity sub-station in Yellandu
Farmers raise slogans against government in Kusumanchi