Power crisis deepens further

Power crisis deepens further
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Power crisis deepens further. The power crisis has deepened further in the State with the strike launched by electricity employees in Seemandhra region against the bifurcation of state entering second day on Monday.

Striking electricity staff do not relent

  • Employees of private power projects also boycott duties
  • Transco CMD holds talks with JAC; no positive outcome
  • Employees JAC to continue strike till T decision revoked
  • About 3,900 MW generation hit by stir; massive power cuts

The power crisis has deepened further in the State with the strike launched by electricity employees in Seemandhra region against the bifurcation of state entering second day on Monday.

Boycott of duties by employees working in power projects resulted in loss of power generation by 3,900 MW. The operations were hit even in some private power units as well. As against a demand of 245 million units, the generation was of the order of 215 million units on the day.

The power utilities were forced to continue unscheduled power cuts across the State including Hyderabad. Emergency health services, drinking water supply and train services were badly hit even for the second day. The power outage affected the services at Visakhapatnam airport as well.

Sources in Transco said the gap between power demand and supply has increased to 4,000 MW. Employees working at Kondapally, Reliance and Lanco projects boycotted their duties resulting affecting 350 MW

power generation in the three companies. Power generation in NTTPS ( Narla Tatarao Thermal Power station) in Vijayawada, Rayalaseema Thermal Power Project (RTPP) in Kadapa, hydel units in Srisailam left and righ bank canal and Sagar hydel project was stopped for the third consecutive day.

The APGenco officials said that the power demand for the day is at 11,000 MW. State could generate only 7,000 MW leaving 4,000 mw deficit. The officials said that the repairs works pending at NTTPS and RTPP was yet to be rectified as the engineers abstain from their duties.

Engineers working in NTTPS ( Narla Tatarao Thermal Power station ) in Vijayawada , RTPS ( Rayalaseema Thermal Power station ) in Kadapa abstained from their duties.

Power generation at the seven units of NTTPS with a capacity of 1,500 MW was shut completely. So is the case with the Rayalaseema Thermal Power Station with an installed capacity of 1,050 MW. The hydel power generation units in Srisailam and Sileru were no exception. In all, 3,900 MW power generation was hit due to boycott of duties by the employees in the power projects. In a bid to convince the striking employees, APTransco Chairman and Managing Director Suresha Chanda held talks with the Electricity Employees JAC of Seemandhra leaders but failed to arrive at solution. The officials said the JAC were not ready to call off their stir since they have been demanding the centre to revoke its decision to the bifurcation of state.

The emergency services including health and drinking water supply was also affected due to unscheduled power cuts in Seemandhra region. Power outages for two to three hours were imposed in Hyderabad, while the duration of the cuts was about five to seven hours in towns and villages.

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