Outages in 2 power plants add to AP power woes
The power shortage in Andhra Pradesh is likely to worsen with generation of 1050 MW capacity in two thermal power plants of AP Genco impacted due to problems.
A 550 MW unit at Kothagudem thermal power station has been taken out of production following some technical snags. The unit officials are likely to take about 24 hours to rectify the problem.
Another 500 MW thermal power unit 7 at Vijayawada thermal power station has been affected due to problems in the boiler. Till such time as both these units get rectified, the State will have to bear additional shortages.
Lately, the energy demand has shot up to over 300-306 million units per day and the available power is about 240-245 million units.
Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh Government has directed power utilities to make all-out efforts to meet the power demand from the agriculture sector.
It has suggested effective functioning of the call centres to address grievances in power supply .
The Government is providing power to farmers during the ongoing rabi crop season to protect standing crops. The power distribution companies have been asked to ensure efficient functioning of the call centre mechanism to address the problems of farmers immediately.