Warangal: The authorities of the Northern Power Distribution Company Limited (NPDCL) have intensified checks to remove the auto-starters arranged to the agricultural motor pump-sets as the company is all set to supply 24 hours power supply to the agriculture sector from 1st of January.
As per the official record, the total number of the agriculture connections is 10,97,827. Of them, 4,50,463 are reportedly connected with the auto-starters.
In view of this, the officials launched a special drive about two months ago. But in the initial days, the officials had faced stiff resistance from the farmers as they said that they were not sure of getting the 24 hour power supply. The officials have managed to disconnect only 62,397 auto-starters till December 20. But it seems that there is a need for more awareness among the farmers besides continuing with the special drive to check the auto starters.
According to the official sources, farmers are using auto-starters for their agricultural motor pump-sets which results in watering the fields heavily. Due to continuous running, motors may get burnt, and ground water levels depletes. Crop yielding will also be effected and soil fertility loses due to continuous flow of water to fields.
In this regard, continuous power supply to farm sector could lead to depletion of groundwater levels and despite availability of power, they will be left with no water for the standing crops which would result in their withering away. Considering this, NPDCL has issued an appeal and urged farmers to remove their automatic pump-set starters in order to control damage to power transformers. The use of auto starters has resulted in a large number of transformers being damaged.
Speaking to ‘Telangana Today’, NPDCL Chairman and Managing Director Annamaneni Gopal Rao said that 24-hours power supply to agriculture sector will be commenced from December 31st night in the jurisdiction of TSNPDCL (i.e. erstwhile five circles (districts) Warangal, Karimnagar, Khammam, Nizamabad and Adilabad). TSNPDCL has already conducted the trial run of 24 hours power supply to agricultural sector for one week in November this year.