The power utilities in Andhra Pradesh announced a complete stoppage of electricity supply for three days to major and two days to small industries in a week effect on Wednesday as the ongoing dry spells aggravated the supply-demand scenario in the state.
In addition to these power holidays, the industries will be subjected to supply restrictions between 6.30 pm and 10.30 pm on other days, a press release issued by the energy co-ordination cell of the AP energy department said.
The power utilities also announced a daily power cut for three hours in Hyderabad, Tirupati, Vizag and Warangal, five hours in the district headquarters and six hours in towns and municipalities.
Despite purchasing additional power of 20-25 million units(mu) per day at a high cost to meet the demand, a decision to increase load relief durations for domestic and industrial consumers had to be taken, mainly to ensure seven-hour power supply to the agriculture sector, according to the press release.
The power utilities faced a deficit of 40 mu yesterday as they could supply only 215 mu, as against the estimated demand of 255 mu, it said.
However, the discoms have exempted Singareni Collieries Limited, drinking water supply facilities, government, hospitals, railway traction and defence establishments from these power cuts. Poultry, rice mills and cold storage facilities are subjected to a power cut amounting to 40 per cent of their normal requirements during the period.
The power supply situation has become unmanageable partly because 1,600 mw of the existing gas power capacity is sitting idle due to the huge shortfall in natural gas supplies, and non-availability of hydro power due to depletion in reservoir levels, according to the press release.