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K. Chandrashekhar Rao
K. Chandrashekhar Rao

Experiment of 24-hour power to agriculture sector successful: CM

Hyderabad: The 24-hour uninterrupted and quality power supplied to the agriculture sector in the state on an experimental basis has been successful.

From the mid-night of November 6, for 23 lakh pump sets in the State, 24-hour power supply is given on an experimental basis. Initially, the electricity department officials thought that they will give power supply for five to six days and later study the situation.

But to make an in-depth study of the burden on the supply from transformers to 400 KV Sub stations, it was decided to continue the power supply for another two weeks.

TS Transco and Genco CMD D Prabhakar Rao told Honourable Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao that the 24-hour power supply on the experimental basis would continue till Nov 20 (Monday) midnight. The CMD said from Tuesday onwards the regular 9-hour power supply will continue to the farm sector and the CM has positively responded.

Prabhakar Rao said from January 1, 2018 onwards the regular 24-hour power supply will be given to the agriculture sector as desired by the CM.

The Chief Minister held meeting with Prabhakar Rao on Sunday morning here at Pragati Bhavan and reviewed the 24-hour power supply to the farm sector on experimental basis. The CMD explained to the CM on the experiment and the results there upon.

Success due to prior planning: CMD

“In the old Medak, Karimnagar and Nalgonda districts, 24-hour power supply on an experimental basis has been given since last July. With this, an evaluation could be arrived at on these three districts. For the past 14 days, we are supplying 24-hour power to the agriculture pump sets in the State.

As a result there is clarity on what will be the demand in the entire state? What is the situation district-wise? What is the additional load? On transformers-wise and sub stations-wise? A majority of farmers are using the pump sets during the daytime leading to more load during the period.

We have come to a clear understanding on which hour has the more load during the 24-hour period?” the CMD said.

Prabhakar Rao said since pre-arrangements were made planned, the officials did not encounter any problems during the 24-hour supply. “We have decided to take precautionary measures at the places where the pump sets’ number is more.

The experience we have gained by supplying 24-hour power during the experimental period would help us to give 24-hour supply on a continuous basis from Jan 1, 2018. However, some farmers told us that some people are running the pump sets for 24 hours leading the depletion of the ground water, which is leading to problems.

This can be solved by removing the auto starters and the farmers should voluntarily remove the auto starters. If the ground water is depleted even giving 24-hour power supply has no purpose. It is important to utilise water judiciously.

The field level officers should educate farmers on this matter. CM KCR has also decided to make an appeal in this regard once again,” Prabhakar Rao said.

The CMD also announced that a special drive to remove auto starters would be taken up from December 5. Officers, public representatives should educate farmers on the issue.

Officials from electricity department should visit the villages and create awareness among the farmers the need to remove auto starters and to protect the ground water levels, Prabhakar Rao said. (INN)

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