ANDHRA PRADESH

Load shedding for industries increased

Special Correspondent

There will be no power cut for essential services like water supply, railways



There is also no change in power cut schedule for domestic users

Discoms given elaborate guidelines for reducing consumption



VIJAYAWADA: The load shedding for different kinds of industries has been increased by the State government with the Discoms being given elaborate guidelines for reducing power consumption.

However, care has been taken to ensure that there will be no power cut for essential services like municipal drinking water supply and railways.

Also, there is no change in the power cut schedule for domestic users, Vijayawada Divisional Electrical Engineer B. Mohan Krishna said on Friday.

The load shedding for non-continuous high-tension power consumers has been increased from two days a week, including weekly off like Sunday, to three days. This is besides the daily shutdown of machinery during the peak load period of 6.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.

For continuous high-tension power consumers like cement and steel industries, there is a seven-day holiday period once a month and restriction on power consumption to a maximum level of 30 per cent during the peak load period of 6.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. every day.

Two spells

These industries could ask for breaking of the seven-day holiday into two spells depending on the necessity. For carbide and chemical industries, power consumption has been capped at 70 per cent of the normal consumption while following the daily norm of consuming not more than 30 per cent of the load during the peak load period of 6.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.

The cap for bio-tech and pharmaceutical companies has been put at 50 per cent of the normal consumption. textile, ginning and spinning mills have to shutdown daily from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. for load shedding.

While these were the rough guidelines, the holiday periods of two days for non-continuous industries and seven days for continuous industries have been fixed on different days of the week for different areas in the district, Mr. Mohan Krishna said.

Meanwhile, Divisional Electrical Engineer, Operation, Gunadala, said in a statement that the revised load relief came into effect from Friday in the areas of Kankipadu, Ganguru, Kanuru, Yanamalakuduru, Patamata, Autonagar, Ring Road, Gunadala, Enikepadu, Nidamanuru, Surampalli, Nunna and Gannavaram.

Industrial consumers should avail themselves of only lighting load from 6.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. and declare Monday and Tuesday as power holiday, in addition to weekly off, he said.