Power Crisis in Telangana State
The power situation in Telangana state is turning unstable forcing the government to affect a 2 day holiday for the industries. This comes into effect from Wednesday.
The industry, though caught in a squeeze, says power holidays in Telangana will further force them incur additional costs. Cascading effect will be in the agri, dairy and perishable segments.
Chairman and managing director of Tgenco D Prabhakar Rao said “We are able to meet about 5,600 mw as against the demand of 6,700 mw. We are doing all we can. There is no corridor available. Load shedding is needed in view of the shortage of power,” . The installed capacity of the company, as on date, was 4,365.3 mw. Of this, thermal accounted for 2,282.5 mw, hydro 2,081.80 mw and solar 1 mw. Along with the central and independent power projects’ share, the total capacity touched 8,000 mw. Still there was a shortfall of 2,000 mw. Plans are on for adding about 5,300 mw in phases. Telangana has been able secure about 14 million units from the central and southern grids at about Rs 8.5 a unit.
With 2 days power holidays in a week and scheduled power cuts, the effort is to provide power to the farm sector, as the kharif operations are still on. However, the farmers too are resorting to protests in many districts demanding uninterrupted power supply. Farmers were supplied power in two spells, – one during the daytime and the second during the night, the supply ranging from four to six hours. Farmers in Telangana claim With no power, there is a danger of the crop being affected.
The SME sector has been wary about the power situation and has shifted their weekly offs to weekdays instead of being closed on Sundays, as was the practice. Among others, the ferro alloys, cement, bulk drug and pharma segments would be the hit dearly as they would lose out further time for gaining the right levels of temperature.
The IT segment will not be affected in terms of the performance or the processes. However, there will be a high cost. However, the food and perishable product industry is perturbed over the two-day power holiday. The dairy as well as other processing industries will be hit hard. In no time, the prices of milk and dairy products will go up.
Telangana Minister for Irrigation T. Harish Rao put the blame on Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu for the power supply problems of Telangana State. Mr. Harish Rao alleged that it is because of AP’s refusal to give Telangana its due share of power generated in Lower Sileru hydro-electric station and Krishnapatnam thermal project that the farming and industrial sectors were facing acute shortage of power.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) has demanded Telangana government to take immediate measures to resolve the present power crisis, which is causing misery to farmers.