How 20 percent deficit is crisis? asks Ponnala

Published: 23rd August 2012 10:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd August 2012 10:33 AM   |  A+A-

Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah caught the APTransco officials off-guard when he asked them how there could be such a severe power crisis for the farm sector when the shortage was only 20 percent.

At a review meeting, Lakshmaiah, who holds additional charge of power, pulled up the top officials of Transco for not ensuring adequate power supply to the farm sector.

Considering a deficit of 20 percent, the farm sector should be getting at least five-and-a-half hours (80 percent) of the promised seven hours of supply to them, he reasoned.

He wondered whether the free power meant for the farm sector was being diverted for the use of rich industrialists. The APTransco officials failed to give an explanation to him.

Stay up to date on all the latest Andhra Pradesh news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp