Infrastructure problem forces Telangana to face severe power crisis

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Hyderabad, Aug 23: The state of Telangana, which was formed recently after bifurcating Andhra Pradesh, is facing its worst power crisis with an unprecedented shortage of 25 million units, a Times of India report said.

Hyderabad, which is currently the joint capital of both Telangana and residuary Andhra Pradesh, is also facing a severe power crisis. Faced with little option, the authorities are thinking of extending the four-hour power cut daily to six hours. In the districts, the situation is worse with power cuts extending between eight to 12 hours a day, forcing farmers and small and medium entrepreuners to launch street protests in areas like Nizamabad, Adilabad, Karimnagar and Warangal.

Lack of transmission connectivity with other grids has hit Telangana hard

"The power shortage is increasing and it has already worsened in the last two to three days. We are prepared to purchase power from everywhere and at any cost. But it's simply not available anywhere in the country," the ToI report quoted Telangana's principal energy secretary Shailendra Kumar as saying.

State officials said lack of transmission connectivity with northern and western grids has made it impossible for Telangana to purchase power from other states.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who is facing the first major challenge after assuming power, instructed officials to buy at least 2,000 MW power from Chhattisgarh and other states and even thought of setting up a new line from Chhattisgarh but it would be a time-consuming affair.

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