Industries within the purview of Southern Distribution Company of Telangana (TSSPDCL) will have to put up with a weekly power holidays from Saturday onwards. The 24-hour power holiday will be enforced from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. the next day, implemented on different week days for each area.
During power holidays, obtaining power through open access is permitted for dedicated industrial feeders. Further, the consumers are eligible to use 10 per cent of Contracted Maximum Demand for lighting load between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The officially announced domestic power cuts in the city and surrounding areas too are most likely to be increased from the existing three hours to four hours per day. As of now, the load reliefs are being enforced in two spells of one-and-a-half hour each in the pre-noon and post-noon hours respectively. Now, they will be implemented in two-hour spells, officials from TSSPDCL informed.
Notwithstanding official hours, city residents are putting up with power cuts ranging from five to eight hours. While three hours are in the scheduled hours, emergency load reliefs are being slapped during morning or evening hours as the case may be.
The industrial power holidays may be extended to Northern discom too from Monday.
The power cuts are necessitated owing to successive breakdown of power plants in Andhra Pradesh. One unit in the National Thermal Power Corporation’s Simhadri plant broke down on Friday, resulting in a shortage of 500 MW of power. The unit conked off due to a boiler tube leak in the plant, informed CMD, APGenco K.Vijayanand.
However, the units in RTPP and VTPS which had been down till Thursday began functioning normally, he informed.
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