There would be no more power cuts from November 1; if at all there any cuts, they would only be for shorter duration. Thanks to increased availability of electricity and decreasing demand from agricultural sector, the Telangana Southern Power Distribution Company Limited has decided to reduce the duration of power cuts or even do away with them from November 1. At present, the Discom has been forced to undertake load relief sessions of four hours in the city, while towns and villages have been facing about eight hours of power cuts, due to huge gap between demand and supply of power.
However, officials state that the load relief sessions could be done away with, or at least reduced, after the next seven days due to factors like increased availability of current and reduction in demand from the agricultural sector. In the State, about 2,000 MW of electricity is being consumed by the agricultural sector, as farmers depend heavily on pumpsets to draw water for irrigation purposes. However, with the Kharif season ending, officials expecting that demand would go down in the coming days.
Additionally, the Discom has also called for additional procurement of 500 MW of electricity from November 1, which would ease the power deficit. On Friday, there was a shortage of only 13 million units (MU), which is a drastic decrease when compared to the 30 MU deficit that was experienced in the state at the start of October. Officials attributed this decrease in demand to the falling temperatures in the city and also in the state.
As the city experienced rains and a decrease of temperature by seven degrees Celsius on Saturday, the demand would further decrease, officials predicted. On Saturday, some parts of the city experienced only two hour load relief session, as opposed to the regular four hours, which was due to the fall in temperatures and therefore decrease in consumption.
An official for TSSPDCL said that all these factors combined could see the Discom reduce the load relief sessions. “We are confident that the load relief sessions would be reduced across the state. But if the temperatures stay low and consumption is decreased, there would not be any load relief,” stated the official.