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JUN 07 2013

Power supply situation set to improve in AP

  • Economic Times, ET Bureau / Hyderabad
  • Created: Fri 07th JUN 2013

Overall power cuts likely to be reduced for all sections

Power consumers in Andhra Pradesh will now face lower cuts with the demand-supply gap coming down and situation improving. With rains setting in and temperatures cooling down, the demand for power has come down providing some flexibility to increase power supply in Andhra Pradesh.

State Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today directed distribution companies to improve supplies and restore maximum possible power supply to all sectors by reducing the load reliefs.

Following a series of measures initiated by the State, the Chief Minister on Thursday directed officials to reduce electricity load reliefs and increase power supply to all sectors.

The Chief Minister wanted the utilities to increase power supply to 18 hours in rural areas. Load relief will be reduced from 12 hours to 6 hours. For mandal headquarters, towns and municipalities, the load relief will be only for 2 hours in two spells.

In the case of Hyderabad, Tirupati, Visakhapatnam, Warangal and district headquarters and corporations, they will have 24 hours supply. These cities were facing up to 2 hours of power cuts.

Supply will be increased from 66 per cent to 80 per cent for all industries from June 15.

To improve the electricity supply in the State, several short term and mid-term measures have also been initiated. Short-term measures taken to overcome power crisis include purchase of 1,250 MW.

Under mid-term measures, 550 MW will be available from June 2013 to June of 2016 through additional purchase.

The Chief Minister has also asked the energy department officials to take all measures to avert power cuts from June 2013 to May 2014 by advance planning and taking into account the demand from all sectors and availability of electricity from all sources.

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