As the Eid festivities come to an end, the City will now go back to its three-hour scheduled power cuts.
After Eid load shedding will return. The load relief schedule will mean that the City will go back to its daily three-hour power cuts.
Even as the City rejoiced, people in Medak district had to do with candles. Irate farmers and businessmen attacked local substations, ransacking the offices and locking up officers. Their anger was directed at the three-day power holiday.
In the current scenario, most of the micro businesses and traders are forced to make do with power for only 13 days a month, thanks to the many restrictions imposed on them. This was done to accommodate the load for the Kharif season.
Despite the shortage, the CPDCL managed to pull through by a one-hour power cut for the past one month. Industries had to go offline for two days for the City to celebrate. Presently the industrial sector is going through a three-day weekly power holiday. Their timetables were affected as they were forced to shut down from 6:30pm to 10.30pm every evening. The power holidays vary depending on what feeders the industries drew their power from. Those drawing power from 33 kv feeders were handed out a 3-day holiday and those drawing power from 11 kv feeders were given 2-day cuts.
A senior engineer from AP Transco remarked, “We cannot appease everybody. On one hand the government promised free power for farmers, on the other hand they promise to get power supply back to the industries. We also need to keep a steady flow in the City. All of this with no supply coming in from the grid and dry reservoirs.”