ANDHRA PRADESH

Power shortage likely to hit industries

Swathi.V

Industries choose weekly power holiday, against daily cuts



Small-scale industries reject proposal of extra payment for additional units

Increased agricultural needs are said to be the reason for the acute power shortage



HYDERABAD: Industries across the State will have to bear the brunt of spiralling power consumption once again, as the government is seriously considering the imposition of weekly power holidays on the industrial consumers requiring high tension supply. Transco authorities have apparently offered choice between one-day weekly power holiday and a four-hour daily power cut, with a majority in the industry tilting for the former.

“CPDCL is facing acute power shortage, and needs to impose power holidays on the industry. However, the company mooted extension of power holidays to the whole State so as to rule out unfair advantage to industries in the purview of other Discoms. Transco is yet to take a decision,” informed an official from CPDCL. The Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry has, on Tuesday, conveyed its willingness for the weekly power holiday, provided the supply remains uninterrupted for the remaining six days.

A few industrial houses have reportedly suggested the Gujarat model whereby the companies would pay more for additional units consumed. Those favouring it argue that the increased power tariff would be less than the cost of running generator sets. However, Federation of Andhra Pradesh Small Industries Associations condemned the proposal, terming it as a fatal blow to the small industries.

Domestic sector

Meanwhile, domestic load reliefs too have intensified, with outages ranging from two to four hours becoming a routine occurrence in many areas within the GHMC limits. Contrary to claims by the CPDCL that load relief in the city does not exceed an hour in any area, many localities of the twin cities that fall in the purview of Ranga Reddy Zone are experiencing power cuts of up to four hours in a day.

“Even on Sunday, we experienced an outage of 3.5 hours in two spells. On Tuesday, it was three hours at a stretch from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 a.m. When we called the fuse-off-call centre, they said it was part of regular load monitoring,” said Sravan Kumar, a resident of Kothapet. Residents from Trimulgherry, Jeedimetla, Madhapur, Alwal and Medchal too complain of power cuts extending beyond one hour.

Spiralling agricultural needs are said to be the reason for the acute power shortage. While the actual demand from areas within the purview of CPDCL hovers around 4,600 mega watts (MW), the actual draught from the grid is about 4100 MW, resulting in a gap of about 500 MW.

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