Special Correspondent

Saves 15 MW besides meeting farmers' demand

ONGOLE: Transco officials have been able to supply power to farmers for seven hours continuously and also save nearly 15 MW leading to a win-win situation in eight mandals falling under 132 KVA sub-station at Yerragondapalem in Prakasam district.

The reason. Transco divided the sub-stations into two groups in the district. While those in `A' group received power supply between 2 a.m. and 9 a.m., those in `B' group received supply between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

But, as the transformer capacity was inadequate, officials were compelled to divide villages under Yerragondapalem into three groups. While villages in `A' group received power from 9 a.m. to 4 a.m., those in `B' group received supply from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. and those in `C' group received power from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The arrangement enabled farmers to enjoy power for seven hours continuously and helped Transco save power.

Transformer capacity

The Transco, later, enhanced the transformer capacity and wanted to implement the two-group system in the eight sub-stations, including Yerragondapalem, Pullalacheruvu, Chepalamadugu, Pedakolukonda, B Cherlopalli and Peda Dornala. But farmers insisted that the old system be continued as it enabled them to get power for seven hours continuously.

Asked why the system could not be extended to other regions, Transco SE Ram Singh said that there were many who needed power between 4 a.m. and 6 p.m. He said that Prakasam district created a record of sorts by constructing 20 sub-stations which enabled Transco supply quality power without interruptions. It also reduced line losses by one per cent.