The government wants to provide nine-hour power supply to farmers for the coming Kharif season. This nine-hour power would be provided in the morning only and the government has asked the power utilities to take necessary steps for the same.
Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday reviewed the power situation and the means to provide nine-hour power supply to farmers.
Rao asked the officials to estimate the exact mega watts of power required to supply nine-hour power supply to all the agriculture pumpsets in the state. ‘’Till now, power was never supplied to agriculture for nine hours continuously and there are no estimates as to how much MW amount is required for this purpose,’’ KCR felt and asked the officials to shut down power to industries completely for a day during the peak season of August to know the exact required mega watts for providing nine-hour power supply.
Officials explained to the CM that they are taking steps to provide nine-hour power to farmers. ‘’The transmission feeders have been divided into two parts. Power will be supplied from 6 am to 3 pm from one feeder line while power will be given from 9 am to 6 pm from the other feeder line,’’ officials said.
For this, officials said they are taking steps to improve the transmission and distribution network. ‘’Between 9 am to 3 pm, the power to be supplied will be heavy and for to sustain this load, the transmission network is being improved with Rs 7,500 crore,’’ officials said adding another Rs 1,100 crore is being spent on strengthening the distribution network.
Source: The New Indian Express