Hyderabad: The Northern Power Distribution Company of Telangana Limited (TSNPDCL) is all set to meet the requirements of the agriculture sector under its limits in 17 districts in the State for the ongoing Vaanakalam season.
“We are ready to meet any situation during monsoon and plans are in place accordingly,” TSNPDCL Chairman and Managing Director A Gopala Rao told Telangana Today on Wednesday. A series of measures including power load monitoring, load diversions, procuring additional power transformers and capacitor banks among others have already been initiated.
He said necessary steps were also taken to meet the requirements, particulary issues of low voltage, of farmers in tail-end areas. “Since there will be at least a 10 per cent rise in power consumption every year, we are gearing up to meet the additional power supply demand also,” Rao explained.
Prior to State formation, the average daily power consumption under TSNPDCL jurisdiction was 43.38 Million Units which, by 2020, shot up to 110.904 Million Units. “The TSNPDCL has improved necessary infrastructure to meet the requirements of agriculture and industrial sectors in its jurisdiction,” he said.
Stating that TSNPDCL was also prepared to deal with dry spell situation, if any, during this monsoon, Gopala Rao said:. “The phenomenon of dry spell is rare and it occurs only when there is insufficient rainfall on time. If there is a dry spell, then the demand for power supply will increase,” he said.
One of the main problems that might occur during dry spells is low voltage. “Our employees are on the alert to deal with the situation in case of a dry spell,” he said, adding that there might also be need for additional power transformers. For the last few years, the TSNPDCL has been supplying power to the agriculture sector without any interruptions, he said.
TSNPDCL has invested in infrastructure development to take care of the additional load due to the 24×7 power supply to the agriculture sector. It has also tied up for sufficient power with generators to cater to additional demand and peak demand management, he said.
Inspections are being carried out in mandal headquarters and sub-station headquarters to address consumer grievances. In its annual report for the year 2019-20, the TSNPDCL said that the agriculture consumption during the year was 7,140.27 Million Units (MU).
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