VISAKHAPATNAM : The north Andhra districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam were affected by power interruptions with the technical snags in the 400-kv sub-stations for the third consecutive day on Tuesday. Due to a technical snag at 400-kv sub-station of Power Grid near Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, the APEPDCL officials are giving emergency load relief (ELR) for one hour at various places in the three districts. It may be recalled that the AP Transco’s 400-kv sub station at Kalapaka also failed due to the heavy air pollutants two days ago. However, the engineers restored the power.
In the wee hours of Tuesday, this time, the Power Grid’s sub-station failed due to the technical snag. According to sources, due to the heavy air pollutants accumulated on the power lines, the power tripped, leading to a major technical problem in the sub-station. The sources said that with the help of fire tenders, the power lines were cleaned and the Power Grid engineers started the restoration works.
The Transco and APEPDCL engineers are coordinating with the Power Grid officials. However, the power was not completely restored after a day long repair works. The APEPDCL officials are implementing the ELR in the three districts even in the night.
“They are (Power Grid) not informing about the status of the repair works. Our engineering officials rushed to the sub-station and also offered their services for the emergency. As there is no information about the status of the restoration works, the management is giving load relief at various areas in the three districts. At present there is 350 mw power shortage with the technical snag in the power grid sub- station. However, power is supplied to all the emergency services without interruption,” a senior official of the APEPDCL said.