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Power cuts to greet the New Year

Power cuts to greet the New Year
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The citizens of the ten districts of Telangana may wake up to pitched darkness once the hangover of December 31st gets over them. Given the precarious water levels owing to a huge fall in rainfall this season, reports are that the government would not hesitate to clamp power cuts all over the State, including cities, semi-urban towns and the rural areas.

The city is witnessing the worst winter in recent years and the New Year may spell even more trouble as the ever dreaded power cuts are all set to be back and much before summer. Farmers could be hit badly as it could impact the rabi season. With hardly any inflow of rainwater into reservoirs and lakes, farmers will now be forced to use pump sets to draw water, resulting in a hike in power demand. Discom officials say that the only way to tend to the demands is to reintroduce load shedding across the State

The citizens of the ten districts of Telangana may wake up to pitched darkness once the hangover of December 31st gets over them. Given the precarious water levels owing to a huge fall in rainfall this season, reports are that the government would not hesitate to clamp power cuts all over the State, including cities, semi-urban towns and the rural areas.

The city is once again in danger of jumping into ‘dark days’ as the albatross of power cuts lurks over the Telangana government. As a precautionary measure ahead of summer, the government might be forced to reintroduce the four-hour power cut in Hyderabad, while towns and rural areas are expected to face the axe of up to eight hours load-shedding.

The deficit rainfall in the State has triggered alarm bells for the energy department officials as they apprehend that the rabi season would be grossly affected as a consequence. According to K Raghu, Telangana Electricity Employees JAC coordinator, the State could experience a power deficit of more than 35 MU per day.

“Load shedding operations would be resumed to tide over the deficit,” Raghu said. Statistics from the revenue department show that the State experienced less than half the normal amount of rainfall and districts like Karimnagar, Adilabad, Nizamabad and Warangal were the most adversely hit.

While the demand for electricity at present is about 135 million units (MU) per day with the supply equaling the demand, energy department officials expect that in course of time, the demand could rise to 170 MU, which is when the shortfall could affect the rabi calculations.

An official from the Agriculture Department said that farmers would have to turn towards pump sets for their irrigation needs as poor rainfall had reduced inflow of water into reservoirs and lakes. “The Chief Minister has urged farmers to go in for arid crops as it would require lesser water, but the attempt has only been half-hearted and the message has not reached all the farmers,” added the official. And it will be back to square one.

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