Power analyst sees dark days ahead for T post-bifurcation
Power Analyst Sees Dark Days Ahead for T Post-Bifurcation, Power Cut to Villages. Even as the measures to carve out separate Telangana State are on, a severe power crisis is set to hit the people living in the region, cautioned A Punna Rao, convenor, Praja Energy Audit Cell (PEACE), here on Friday.
After three years, Seemandhra region may face shortage.
• While power requirement in T region would be around 55,000 mu, the possible supply is estimated at 35,000 mu
• Power cut to villages would be for a period 12 hours a day
Even as the measures to carve out separate Telangana State are on, a severe power crisis is set to hit the people living in the region, cautioned A Punna Rao, convenor, Praja Energy Audit Cell (PEACE), here on Friday.
He said there would be serious imbalance in the consumption and generation of power between the two regions. And, this was expected to come into the picture after the State gets divided. The GO No. 53 which gives the norms on percentage of power distribution to two regions would become defunct.
The estimated power requirement in Telangana region including agriculture, households, industries and irrigation projects would be around 55,000 Million Units (MU), while the possible supply through AP Genco thermal and hydel plants, central power stations, IPPS (gas) and NCE would be around 35, 500 MU. While in Seemandhra region, the production of power is estimated to be 55,000 MU as against requirement of 50,000 MU. Even if a capacity of 1,000 MU was supplied to Hyderabad from Seemandhra there would be a shortage of over 18,500 MU. If 5,500 MU power (Rs 3,000 crore) was purchased from the market, the shortage would be 13,000 MU, said Punna Rao. Predicting the expected scenario post -bifurcation, Rao said that power cut to villages would be for 12 hours every day, while for towns and Hyderabad city it would be around three hours and two hours, respectively.
Meanwhile the scenario of power supply to industries and lift irrigation project would also become worse, he said. Power cuts for industries would be for 10 days a month. As far as agricultural pumps were concerned the supply would be very limited which would result in production of only one crop yield in a year. This could result in loss of 50 lakh tonnes of foodgrains and commercial crops and no power would be available to the new lift irrigation projects.
Shortage of power would continue to hit Telangana for a decade or more as more than 6,000 MW power was required for all the lift irrigation projects under Jalayagnam, he added.
In Seemandhra region, he said the agriculture sector would get seven hours of power supply every day. All the villages, towns and cities would get 24 hours power supply. Industries would get uninterrupted power supply.
22 Oct 2019 10:59 AM GMT