The state government has directed power utilities to prepare themselves to meet the demand for power to maximum extent, especially to the farming community during the ongoing Rabi season.
The power distribution companies, Discoms, are currently supplying around 240 MU as against the requirement of 300 MU of power per day. The demand reached an all-time high of 311 MU on February 7. From April last till date, the demand has been 82,067 MU as against 74,098 MU for the corresponding period last year, an increase of 10.75 per cent.
To tackle the issues of power supply to the farming sector and other categories of consumers in general, the power utilities have decided to conduct a high-level meeting at Vidyut Soudha on Feb 18.
AP Transco chairman and managing director Hiralal Samariya will preside over the meeting which will be attended by the joint managing directors of APTransco P.Ramesh and P.Umapathi, and CMDs of Discoms V. Anil Kumar, Ahmed Nadeem, Kartikeya Misra and K.Vidyasagar Reddy.
Principal secretary (energy) M. Sahoo, who reviewed the agenda of the meeting, said it was imperative that priority be given to farm sector as there were instructions from Kiran Reddy to this effect.