Correspondent

VIZIANAGARAM: The Telugu Desam Party on Thursday criticised the Congress Government in the State for failing to plan ahead of the impending power crisis and demanded that it initiate steps at least now to overcome the crisis.

Addressing a press conference here, party State organising secretary Y. Ramana Murty said that the power holiday declared for one day in a week caused immense hardship to wage earners four days in a month.

In Vizianagaram, the Transco declared power holiday for industries on Tuesday. The assured power of seven hours for the agriculture sector too was not being implemented. Farmers were supplied power for not more than four or five hours. The power cuts timings announced were not observed. Unscheduled power cut was for six hours and the situation in rural areas was even worse, thus causing inconvenience to students at a time when the examinations were on.

Impact on economy

He found fault with former MLA and DCC president K. Veerabhadraswamy for targeting Transco officials, instead of bringing pressure on the State government. Mr. Swamy submitted a memorandum to SE (Operations) on Wednesday demanding uninterrupted supply. If the situation continued further, the economy would be in peril, he said, and condemned counter attacks on his party president N. Chandrababu Naidu in the Assembly on the issue. He said that the ruling party members were trying to divert the attention of the government's inefficiency and their corrupt practices.

I.V.P. Raju and P. Ramakrishna, party leaders, said that the government had not generated even 1 MW of power since 2004.