Hyderabad: The Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, directed the APTransco and AP Discoms to give top most priority to seven hours power supply to agriculture in view of the peak Rabi season. He directed the officials that standing crops shall be protected at any cost by ensuring seven hours of quality power supply and if necessary by giving additional hours of supply wherever required. The Chief Minister directed the officials to update the feeder-wise information on agriculture supply on website regularly. The Chief Minister also wanted domestic power supply without any interruptions.
The Chief Minister reviewed power supply position at a high level meeting today at the camp Office. Chief Secretary S.V. Prasad, Special Chief Secretary to Chief Minister G. Satyanarayana, Special Chief Secretary, Finance, G. Sudhir, Secretary to CM, K.S.Jawahar Reddy, Principal Secretary, Energy, Suthirtha Bhattacharya, CMD, APTransco, Ajay Jain, CMD, Singareni Collieries Ltd, S.Narsinga Rao, MD, APGENCO, K. Vijayanand, CMD, APCPDCL, M.T. Krishna Babu and other officials attended the meeting.
Officials informed the Chief Minister that Discoms are currently supplying around 253 MU per day and meeting the peak demand of 11,384 MW. The average energy met per day during March is 255.5 MU as against 231 MU during the same period last year registering an increase of 10.5 per cent. The peak demand met during March is 11,829 MW as against 10,880 MW during the same period last year registering an increase of 8.72 per cent.
The Chief Minister directed AP Transco and Discoms to ensure that not even a single acre of standing crop should be damaged due to shortage of power supply and all out efforts should be made to ensure proper and quality supply to the farmers. The Chief Minister asked all CMDs of Discoms to hold Substation Level Committee meetings every month in consultation with MLAs. The Chief Minister directed the Energy department to make efforts to procure additional 2 MMSCMD of RLNG by way of swapping with NTPC by taking up the matter with Government of India, Ministry of Power and Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
Officials said that around 1.2 lakh new agriculture connections have been released this year which is the highest during last 10 years and that the APTransco has commissioned 24 EHT Substations this year.(NSS)