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FEB 08 2018

Kadiyam nursery farmers seek free power

  • Economic Times, ET Bureau / Hyderabad
  • Created: Thu 08th FEB 2018

 

Nursery farmers from Kadiyam have deplored levying of Rs. 1.50 surcharge in addition to Rs. 3.85 per unit by APEPDCL. Participating in the public hearing conducted by AP Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) here on Tuesday, Margani Satyanaryana, a farmer, said there were 1,362 power connections for Kadiyam nurseries and they were providing employment to thousands of agriculture labour in and around the mandal.

However, the government was denying free power to them as it was done during the regime of Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy. He said the surcharge was a great burden to farmers and appealed to the government extend free power facility to all nursery farmers.

Yallapu Satyanarayana, a farmer from the same mandal, said the government should give nine-hour interrupted power supply to agriculture and free power to nurseries.

Mr. Satyanarayana reminded that the government promised to waive arrears of power bills and supply power free of cost to the Kadiyam nurseries and last week, Rajamahendravaram MP M. Muralimohan promised to speak to Chief Minister to settle the issue amicably. He said that they represented the matter several times to local MLA Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary and he also promised to settle arrears issue as well as free power.

YSRCP leaders Kandula Durgesh and Jakkampudi Vijayalakshmi also represented the APERC to settle Kadiyam nursery issue at the earliest.

However, APERC Chairman P. Bhavani Prasad and EPDCL Chairman and Managing Director H.Y. Dora clarified that the decision on free power to Kadiyam nurseries should be taken at the Chief Minister’s level. Similar was the case with regard to nine-hour uninterrupted power supply.

A representative from poultry industry, Akuri Dora, said the industry was facing crisis and the government should come to the rescue of the industry by extending free power.

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