Power cut in AP from March 1, 2013
The energy department has decided to restart this power cut and is expected to continue till the end of April 2013. This decision was taken during a meeting on Energy Coordination Cell held on February 28, 2013.
According to an official, major cities like Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati and Warangal will face two-hour cuts every day in two phases, in the morning and in the evening. The detailed power timings will be decided shortly by each discom individually.
The Chairman and Managing Director of Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (APEPDCL) thinks that the power cuts should be scheduled. He added that there may be an increase in the number of hours of power cuts as per situation which will be reviewed every week.
With mercury shooting up, the demand has increased up to 305 million units a day. It is expected that it can reach to 350 million units in the coming days. Currently, the generation is 235 million units which less from demanded. Thus there is no option left except to impose power cuts.
Till date the power cut was only in rural areas. There will be four hours power cut at district headquarters and municipal corporations in two spells. The same pattern will be followed in other cities. A six hour power cut will be imposed in two spells in 120 towns and municipalities while Mandal headquarters will face eight-hour cuts.
Rural areas will get lighting supply from 6pm to 6am in the view for students appearing examinations. They will also get agricultural supply during the day. As soon as the agricultural burden is loaded off, the power cuts will be withdrawn.
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