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No free power for AP farmers during daytime

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In view of increasing power demand in summer, the Andhra Pradesh government has stopped power supply to agriculture in the ongoing rabi season during daytime, State Secretary to Energy Ajay Jain said on Wednesday. Speaking at the meeting of the Advisory Committee conducted by AP Electricity Regulatory Commission ( APERC) on power tariff hike and ARRs ( Annual Revenue Requirements) here

Decision to avoid power cuts

Hyderabad: In view of increasing power demand in summer, the Andhra Pradesh government has stopped power supply to agriculture in the ongoing rabi season during daytime, State Secretary to Energy Ajay Jain said on Wednesday. Speaking at the meeting of the Advisory Committee conducted by AP Electricity Regulatory Commission ( APERC) on power tariff hike and ARRs ( Annual Revenue Requirements) here, he said the government had explained to farmers that seven-hour free power supply could be done only after 7 pm every day .

Since power consumption increased suddenly, it would not be possible to supply power to 14.54 lakh pump sets during daytime, he said. The Energy Department also suggested that farmers go for solar power as an alternative in the daytime to avoid power shortage, the official said.

The conventional pump sets would be replaced with solar pumps in a phased manner by offering subsidies to the farmers. The cost of single solar pump set is around Rs 5 lakh. The government would provide 50 to 60 per cent subsidy on the total cost and the remaining amount would be arranged as loan.

APGENCO and TRANSCO Chairman and Managing Director K Vijayanand said the Transco had already requested the ERC to fix the tariff for the solar and wind power and the Commission also agreed. The official said the government set the target to reduce T and D (Transmission and Distribution) losses from the present 12 per cent to 7 by the end of this year.

The APERC Chairman Justice G Bhavani Prasad said the interests of consumers would be given top priority while accepting the new power tariff proposals submitted by the Discoms recently. He said the commission would elicit the views from all sections of people during the hearing on the ARRs scheduled to begin February 20.

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