The strike at Singareni Collieries Company has been showing its impact with rural areas being the worst affected.

From Tuesday onwards, the power cut in the district head quarters has increased from two hours to four hours followed by six hours at mandal head quarters. In villages, the power cut is almost for the entire day.

As the situation deteriorates by the day, officials feel that power cuts may be increased more in rural areas as well as in urban areas.

Full day at villages

According to Ramulu, Superintendent Engineer of the CPDCL, the consumption on Tuesday was 17.16 million units. The district has already been drawing additional power of three millions units per day for its consumption. He said that there might be power cut at industrial areas also as two hours of power cut comes into force from Wednesday. According to sources, villages are facing power cut for the entire day while they were spared during the night.

However, industries were not affected much except facing shut down during load shutting or emergency. “It seems that the power cut impact is more in rural areas and they may face more than 12 hours of power cut. Who is bothered about rural people,” asked an industrialist. Industries located in rural areas are feeling pinch as of now along with residents of those places.

No impact on farming

However, the power cut had not so far shown any adverse impact on the farm sector. “We have not received any complaint from farmers in this regard,” said Mr. Chandrasekhar, Joint Director, Agriculture.

Mr. V. Hanumantha Rao, president of the Federation Andhra Pradesh Small Industries Association, said that there was no power cut problem in industrial areas at Patancheru, Ramachandrapuram and Pasamylaram so far and they were ready to take up the issue with distribution companies when required.