ANDHRA PRADESH

Dark days ahead?

Staff Reporter

Three-hour load shedding likely



Reduced inflows into reservoirs prompt authorities to minimise hydel generation

Disruption in power supply during nights reported from various parts of city



HYDERABAD: Here comes bad news for the city dwellers already vexed with rampant power disruptions. Tall claims about continuous supply during Ramzan month notwithstanding, the power distribution authorities are all set to slip to the bygone days of three-hour load reliefs once the Assembly proceedings are over. Reduced inflows into Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar reservoirs have prompted the authorities to minimise hydel generation and “save” the waters for summer.

“The existing generation of 1400-1500 MW may be reduced by half after the Assembly session. Already load reliefs are being enforced in rural and industrial quarters of Ranga Reddy District. The same may be extended to the city very soon,” informs a source from CPDCL.

A unit of the Simhadri Super Thermal Power Project if taken for overhauling as per schedule, will compound the problems. It will bring down the available supply to the extent of 500 MW. The situation might not improve for about two months, till the agricultural loads recede.

“The area cultivated has increased this year and so has the power usage. Rapid growth in terms of industries, real estate, and IT coupled with the population influx from neighbouring districts has resulted in exponential growth in consumption,” says an official.

Meanwhile, nightlong disruptions continue to mark the power supply in the twin cities. Parts of Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills and Film Nagar reportedly experienced exhaustive blackout from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday. Outages were also reported from Saidabad, parts of old city, Mehdipatnam and surrounding areas during night. Complaints of intermittent disruptions pour in constantly from all parts of the Old City.

Official apathy

What worsens the situation is official apathy towards the complaints.

“We must have called the FOC centre and the 24-hour helpline at least 10-12 times during the night. Either the call was not picked or we received a callous reply saying that the power would be restored within 10 minutes. That did not happen and we wallowed in darkness till the daybreak,” said P.Satyavani, a resident of Filmnagar.

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