Due to power cuts for hours it was a terrible Sankranti for the residents of Hyderabad. Supply was cut in some places for more than four hours. But officials stated that it’s an unofficial power cut, due to heavy kite flying. . “We had not imposed official power cuts. The threads of kites fall on the power line, leading to tripping. It is somewhat time-consuming to remove the threads and restore supply,” said Satish Kumar, chief engineer.
“Due to severe atmospheric changes, the summer will be hotter. If that is the case, the consumption will be more. So people in the city should be ready for four-hour power cuts, which will be imposed from mid-February. In the rest of Telangana, it could be six hours or even more,” a senior official of SPCDCL said”.
At present the demand for Telangana is 128 MU per day and the supply is 125 MU. But in Feb it might be shortage of 3 MU to 15 MU and in March it touches 22 MU and during peak summer it might be 30 MU according to the expectations .But the situation will improve after may 20 with the onset of Monsoon. And officials had already informed KCR that it’s impossible to supply power even for six hours to the farmers, which is currently being done.
The government has pinned its hopes mainly on 800 MW of power from the Dabhol plant. Even if Dabhol power is available in the next six to seven weeks, there will not be total relief since another 20 MU per day will be required by then, an official of the Energy Department pointed out