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Duration of power cut on households enhanced
Software firms in State exempted from cut
HYDERABAD: At the instance of the AP Transco, the four distribution companies in the State, on Monday, began to implement undeclared power cut for industries while enhancing the duration of the cut on households.
The discoms issued a schedule for enforcing a 30 per cent cut in supply to continuous processing industries such as cement, steel, ferroalloys, textile, and chemical units, and 10 per cent on cold storage and poultry units. All high tension industries served by 132/33/11 kv sub-stations and using motors of 30 HP capacity and above, have been asked to take “power holiday” for one day in a week in addition to Sunday.
An official said the software firms in the State, particularly in Hyderabad, have been exempted from cut as they are being closed for two days a week in line with the practice of the multi-national companies.
The overall unrestricted demand for power in the State has crossed 300 million units (mu) mark due to summer, on one hand, and the load increase in the agriculture sector, following heavy operation of the pumpsets to tap groundwater and sustain the rabi crops.
The AP Transco is, however, hardly supplying 255 mu daily, using all the power stations under its control, and purchasing 16 mu from external sources at high cost. The gap between demand and supply, therefore, is revolving around 45 mu per day. This gap is being covered by the Transco through power cuts.
On Monday, the Transco specified loads for each of the four distribution companies, asking them to opt for cut in an area where it was likely to exceed the prescribed level. Following this, the AP Central Power Distribution Company under whose jurisdiction Hyderabad lies, started a half-an-hour power cut in each area of the city and its environs by rotation. An official said the duration of the cut might be enhanced to one hour or more in the next few days depending on the situation.
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