Power from Kerala for State

Special Correspondent

AP Transco begins buying power from Friday

Power to be received from Kerala till March 31

HYDERABAD: At a time when almost all other States have closed their doors, Kerala has offered to supply of 4 million units of power a day to Andhra Pradesh at a price of Rs 7.50 per unit.

Although the price is considered prohibitive, AP Transco has begun buying power from Friday.

This, coupled with 6 mu made available by the National Vidyut Vyapara Nigam Limited, marketing wing of the NTPC, at Rs. 6 a unit has enhanced the daily supply in the State to 229 mu.

Naphtha-based power

AP Transco CMD Ajay Jain said power from Kerala was expensive because it was being generated by a plant run on naphtha. AP Transco would receive power from Kerala till March 31.

However, power supply in the State is marked by serious complaints of low voltages, interruptions and nil supply, from all corners of the State.

Standing crop dried up in Mahabubnagar district following supply only for a limited duration to pumpsets, while Intermediate students had to write their examinations in halls devoid of power at some places.

Industries are subjected to untold misery as a two-day holiday power holiday is being observed by utilities in some areas.

Setback to KTPS

The Kothagudem Thermal Power Station in Khammam district, with nearly 1,200 MW of installed capacity, suffered a setback as water level in the Kinnerasani reservoir dipped below its dead storage.

AP Genco, consequently, was forced to trip two units. Efforts are being made to pump out water from the reservoir to supply to the Kothagudem station.