The Andhra Pradesh Government has charted out a five-point programme for better energy management and to meet the demand surge of about 300 million units a day during the rabi crop season.
According to estimates, energy requirement is expected to cross 300 mu against 280 mu met during the rabi crop season last year. During rabi, the demand from pump sets boosts energy demand significantly to support the standing crop.
To meet this projected demand, the State Government has directed power utilities to strictly follow the 5-point programme to ensure adequate supply to all categories of consumers and ensure seven hours power supply to agricultural sector.
According to the plan, the focus would be to maintain adequate coal stocks at thermal power stations, purchase additional power to meet the demand, conduct substation level meetings and to maintain sufficient rolling stock of Distribution Transformers (DTRs). The Government has also directed the officials to visit rural areas to get the first hand information on various aspects of power supply to the consumers.
Reviewing the power supply position with AP power utilities in Secretariat today, Mr Dinesh Kumar, State Principal Secretary, Energy, emphasised the need to invariably maintain 4 per cent rolling stock of transformers to ensure timely replacement.
According to a statement, the Distribution companies (DISCOMs) have been directed to blacklist the suppliers who fail to fulfil the terms of the contractual agreement in repairing and timely replacing transformers.
The meeting discussed issues relating to procurement of power by investing Rs 1,083 crore till May and Rs 6,000 crore a year from June 2012 to May 2016 under short-term and long-term, which has been approved by the Government.