Power cuts in the city, though presently reduced to two hours per day, could become the daily norm for months on end, with a few exceptions on and off depending on shifts in consumption pattern. They may, in fact, get worse from the second half of January next year and be their maximum in summer months, if the indications are anything to go by.
Initiated in the aftermath of participation of Singareni workers in the Telangana general strike, the power cuts have been recently reduced from the earlier four hours to two.
The strike was subsequently called off, but the load reliefs remained, first due to dearth of coal countrywide, and later due to the Kakatiya Thermal Power Project at Bhupalapally, Warangal, being taken away for maintenance.
“The power cuts in Hyderabad may be lifted if the Bhupalapally plant becomes operational. But nothing can be said with certainty about total lifting of the load reliefs. They may extend up to April-May,” says an official from the Central Discom.
Scanty rainfall this year has added to the woes. With groundwater touching low, the hours of pump-set usage have increased considerably in Telangana and Rayalaseema regions.
As of now, the Greater Hyderabad region is experiencing shortage of 200 to 250 Megawatts during daytime, officials informed.
The situation is poised to get worse. According to estimates by APTransco three months ago, the State will begin to face power crunch from the mid-January itself, reaching its worst in March, 2012, when power to the extent of 1250-MW will need to be tied up from outside.
Industrial and domestic load reliefs may become inevitable unless substantial relief comes by way of power purchases.
NTPC may withdraw its additional allocation from next month and hydel power too might not come in handy as it was already used extensively during strike period, say officials.The Hindu