TS Completes One Year Without Power Cuts

The state has completed one year since the lifting of power cuts. Now, the Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (TSSPDCL) has prepared an action plan to meet the power demand during the ensuing summer and Rabi crop season.

“It is exactly a year ago when the Telangana electricity department had completely lifted the power cuts for all consumer categories in the state and there have been no issues or complaints from the consumers ever since,” TSSPDCL managing director G Raghuma Reddy has said.

Speaking at a press conference here on Thursday, he said that before the state’s formation there used to be unscheduled power cuts besides four-hour scheduled cuts in the city and for eight hours in villages, and three-day power holiday for industries. All these cuts have been lifted and providing quality power to the consumers as per the directions of chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao.

Summer Plan: Raghuma Reddy said that an action plan for ensuing Rabi and summer season was ready. From December efforts will be made to supply 144 million units (MU) or 6,066 mega watts (MW) to about 1.23 crore consumers in the state _ 89 lakh domestic connections, 21 lakh agricultural and 11,000 HT consumers _ thanks to power purchase agreements.

About 153 MU (6,000 MW) will be made available in January next, 166 MU or 6,915 MW in February, 174 MU or 7,250 MW in March, 161 MU or 6,700 MW in April and 153 MU or 6,368 MW in May.

By 2018 Telangana will become a power-surplus state. Power generation will increase by 24,075 MW from the present level of 4,320 MW. Several power projects are being built, for some of which the financial closure is over.

To meet the future demand, steps are being taken to strengthen the infrastructure at a cost of Rs 6,152 crore in the next two years.

On supply of nine-hour power supply to the agricultural sector from March, the managing director said the department was preparing plans and the chief minister would take a decision.

The agricultural sector’s demand for power has come down to 7 units with many wells and borewells drying up.

Thanks to proper billing, timely delivery of bills, change of defunct meters and other effective measures the TSSPDCL had been able to reduce revenue loss from 12.6 pc to 11.83 pc, he claimed.

Source: The New Indian Express

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