ANDHRA PRADESH

Power cut schedule for domestic, farm sectors

CUDDAPAH Oct. 3. In the wake of unscheduled power load shedding leading to a spate of protests from farmers, the APSPDCL has brought into force a new power supply schedule from Wednesday midnight, the Superintending Engineer (Operations), Cuddapah circle, Z. Balasubrahmanyam, said on Thursday.

Three-phase power supply would be provided to agricultural services for nine hours a day in two or three spells by categorising them into two batches, -- A and B -- as per the new schedule, he said. It was decided to give three-phase supply for four hours between 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. and for five hours between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., he said. He urged farmers not to use their agricultural pumpsets when three-phase supply was not available, lest they might get burnt.

Power cuts would be effected from 220 KV and 132 KV feeders at sub-stations, giving up the earlier practice of imposing cut from the 33 KV and 11 KV feeders, thereby centralising the load relief process, the SE said. He announced a six-hour power cut for domestic consumers in three spells of two hours each. Power would be supplied only for lighting purposes in rural areas from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and there would be no power supply for agricultural feeders from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. except for the four-hour agricultural supply.

While Cuddapah circle had a daily demand for six million units, the A.P. Power Regulatory Commission allotted 3.14 million units (MU). However, the average supply was ranging between four and and five MU and power consumption on October 2 was 5.08 MU, he explained. He hoped that the power position might improve as generation in the Neyveli, Kalpakkam power plants and one unit in Ramagundam was likely to be restored from October 5, providing some respite.

Three-phase supply for agricultural services under the 133 KV feeders would be given as follows: Badvel, Vontimitta, Atmakur, Rajampet, Kodur and Thimmayyagaripalle - 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. and from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., Cuddapah, Mydukur, Rayachoti, Yerraguntla and Proddatur - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. to 5 a.m., Pulivendula, Kadiri and Balapanur - 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. to 3 p.m., he stated.

The six-hour power cut timings for households was as follows: Badvel, Vontimitta, Atmakur Rajampet, Kodur and Thimmayyagaripalle 132 KV feeders - 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 1 p.m., Cuddapah, Mydukur, Rayachoti, Yerraguntla and Proddatur - 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 1 a.m. to 3 a.m., Pulivendula, Kadiri and Balapanur feeders - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 3 a.m. to 5 a.m., he said. However, Cuddapah town was exempted from the power cut proposed from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m., he stated.

Clarification on meter boxes

The Transco has not deputed its staff to fix meters, covered with tamper-proof boxes, outside the houses, and consumers could do so at their choice, Mr. Balasubrahmanyam, said

Asked about some persons distributing tamper-proof boxes and fixing meters outside houses at a charge of Rs. 200 per household in Cuddapah town, the SE said fixing meters outside the house was advisable but it was only optional and not mandatory.

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