Shortage of coal leading to the inevitable power cuts to dim the festive vibes in the state. While the CMO is gearing up to make an official announcement regarding the power cuts after the Dasara festival, rural Andhra is already facing long power cuts lately.
Advisor to the government (public affairs) Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy appealed to people to stop using air conditions and other high-power-consuming equipment during peak hours. Responding to the same, minister for Energy Balineni Srinivasa Reddy stated that Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is closely monitoring the situation and taking steps to ensure that power consumers are not subjected to any inconvenience. However, sources indicated that power without cuts can be supplied for another one week only.
In contrary to the government claims, sources close to CMO confirmed that the Secretary of AP state petroleum department warned the state government over the blackouts a month and a half back itself. The union ministry also suggested the AP government to stock up the coal reserves because the coal supply is not adequate to the current demand. Did the state government ignore the warning..?