4-day power holiday for industry from 2013?

The ongoing power crisis is all set to hit the industrial units even further with the power grid officials informing the state government on Monday that from January next year, they would be able to supply electricity to the industrial units only for 10 days a month, implying that the three-day a week power holiday currently in place will be extended to four days a week.

Based on the grid estimates, the four power distribution companies informed chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday that the gap between the power demand and supply is set to cross 100 million units (about 4000 MW) per day with the onset of rabi season next month. “Therefore, we would have no option but to increase the power holidays from the existing 3 days a week to 4 days a week for the industrial consumers to manage the situation in the rabi season,” they said. The rabi season commences in January and concludes in April and the 7-hour free power supply to farmers accounts for nearly 35% of the total power produced.

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